Thursday, November 24, 2011
Duns Scotus banned from Wikipedia
Here. More insight into the bizarre world of Wikipedia. 'Johnny the Vandal' spends his time creating hundreds of Wikipedia accounts every week in order to vandalise the encyclopedia. There is a whole team of people reverting his edits, and placing those little tags on the account page. This has nothing to do with creating a comprehensive and reliable free reference work, and indeed diverts attention from that noble project. The obvious solution would be to have some form of identification before users could open accounts. This would prevent the silly and pointless activities of both Johnny the vandal, and the 'vandal reversion' industry on Wikipedia. It would also deter those more subtle vandals whose aim is to create libellous biographies like this. But Wikipedia has not got its head around that idea yet.