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12-Year-Old's Prank Made Him Aussie PM*

*According to the Wikipedia page he edited

(Newser) - Serving as Australia's prime minister is an impressive gig for a 12-year-old—even if it's only Wikipedia-official. Orley Fenelon of Brisbane edited a Wikipedia article on Australian prime ministers on Friday to name himself Australia's 30th and youngest PM. It went unnoticed for two days—long enough... More »

Meet the Most Prolific of All 125K Wikipedia Editors

Justin Anthony Knapp also works 65 hours a week and volunteers

(Newser) - Wikipedia boasts 26 million registered users, though less than 0.5% (125,000) are active editors—and only 12,000 of them have made more than 50 edits in the past six months. Who's the guy at the head of that pack? Justin Anthony Knapp, who in 10 years... More »

Wikipedia Just Busted Gang of 'Black Hat' Editors

381 shady editor accounts banned in Operation Orangemoody

(Newser) - Expect a little less misinformation while browsing Wikipedia today. The website has deleted 381 sock puppet accounts—those of paid users who edit articles on a subject to which they have some affiliation—in a bust for "black hat editing." Fusion reports that an investigation, dubbed "Orangemoody"... More »

Wikipedia Being Turned Into a $500K Book Set

By artist Michael Mandiberg, who says it will take 2 weeks just to upload

(Newser) - It's going to take two weeks to upload, and the table of contents will be 91 volumes alone, but Michael Mandiberg is determined to bring the project he tells the New York Times is "half utilitarian data visualization project, half absurdist poetic gesture" to fruition. That project: to... More »

NYPD Caught Editing Eric Garner Wikipedia Entry

Capital New York traces IP addresses to headquarters

(Newser) - Anyone keeping a close eye on the Death of Eric Garner page at Wikipedia might have noticed a series of edits, some more subtle than others, that cast the NYPD in a positive light. Capital New York reveals the reason: They were made by people at the NYPD. The website... More »

Guy Who Made 47K Wikipedia Corrections Is Wrong

Crusade against 'comprised of' is unfair: newspaper editor

(Newser) - David Shariatmadari just can't go along with the grammar guy who's correcting everyone on Wikipedia . As a newspaper editor, Shariatmadari admits to having "grammatical bugbears," but the crusade by software engineer Bryan Henderson to eliminate every "comprised of" on Wikipedia is way over the top.... More »

Guy's Mission: Erase Single Error From Wikipedia

Bryan Henderson has made 47K edits, mostly to fix the wrong use of 'comprised of'

(Newser) - Bryan Henderson—or, as he's known on Wikipedia, Giraffedata—has made more than 47,000 edits to the site since 2007, and almost all of them were to fix one error: the incorrect use of "comprised of." Henderson, a 51-year-old software engineer, is one of the most... More »

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From the Capitol

They're onto you,—cut it out

(Newser) - Last week, Gizmodo and other tech-obsessed sites reported on significant Wikipedia edits regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that were apparently made from a Russian government IP address ... and now, it appears someone in the US government is taking that idea and running with it. The online encyclopedia has blocked an... More »

Analysis: Sinatra Is Planet's Most Important Person... least according to Wikipedia ... and its English version

(Newser) - Using methods borrowed from Google, a group of researchers has analyzed all Wikipedia pages and determined that, at least on the English language version of the site, Frank Sinatra is the world's most important person. Second place goes to Michael Jackson, and third to Pope Pius XII. When factoring... More »

Wikipedia Accuses PR Firm of Slanting Entries

It orders 'Wiki-PR' to stop editing pages

(Newser) - The foundation that runs Wikipedia is calling out a PR firm that it believes is in the business of biasing Wikipedia entries for its clients. Its first hint? The firm is called "Wiki-PR." The Wikimedia Foundation sent a "cease and desist" letter to the firm, ordering it... More »

Rand Paul on Plagiarism: 'If Dueling Were Legal...'

Then presumably this wouldn't end well for 'haters'

(Newser) - Rand Paul has had quite enough of the "hacks and haters" stirred up about where his speeches come from , and Politico reports that he'd like to settle it like gentlemen of yore: "I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people... More »

Rand Paul Doubles Down: I'll Block Yellen's Fed Nom

Until Senate votes on his Audit the Fed bill

(Newser) - Rand Paul says he plans to "delay" Janet Yellen's nomination for Federal Reserve chair, until there's a vote on his Audit the Fed bill, Politico reports. "I don’t think technically you can file a hold until she comes out of committee—but we’re putting... More »

Rand Paul Rips Off Wikipedia

Rachel Maddow catches the plagiarism

(Newser) - If you already thought it was weird that Rand Paul went on a rant about eugenics during a speech in Virginia yesterday, well, the story just got even weirder. Rachel Maddow pointed out last night that parts of the speech were lifted from Wikipedia, Mediaite reports. Specifically, the Wikipedia entry... More »

Wikipedia Science Entries: It's a Man's World

Volunteers aim to give female scientists their due in 'edit-a-thon'

(Newser) - Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. It's a symptom of a... More »

Wikipedia's Most Fiercely Edited Topic: George W.

Oxford researchers study 'edit wars'

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered about the most controversial topics on Wikipedia then you have that in common with Oxford University researchers. They've turned their interest into a full-blown study , analyzing millions of articles from 10 language editions of the site, the BBC reports. Rather than look at subjects... More »

Wikipedia Jumps Into Travel Fray With Wikivoyage

But is there room for yet another travel site?

(Newser) - Next week, the "beta" label will come off of the Wikimedia Foundation's bold new project Wikivoyage, a travel-centric spin on its user-generated formula. It's been up since September, but as a project-in-development, Skift reports, and like Wikipedia, the site will be free and carry no ads. It... More »

Climate-Change Denier Vets Wikipedia's Sandy Page

'I don't believe that climate change bullcrap,' he says

(Newser) - Wikipedia's Superstorm Sandy page attracted more than 500,000 hits over three days, but most visitors saw no mention of global warming—because one of the most impassioned editors on the page is a climate-change denier, reports Popular Science . Ken Mampel, 56, an out-of-work media freelancer in Florida with... More »

Philip Roth Pens Open Letter to Wikipedia to Fix Error

... and it works, after he is first rejected as a 'credible source'

(Newser) - Philip Roth glanced at the Wikipedia entry for his novel The Human Stain and learned that his book was inspired by the life of the late writer and literary critic Anatole Broyard. The problem, writes Roth in an open letter to Wikipedia published in the New Yorker , is that the... More »

Colbert Causes Wikipedia VP Lockdown

He urged viewers to edit pages of Mitt's potential picks

(Newser) - Wikipedia banned new users from editing the pages of close to a dozen of Mitt Romney's potential running mates after Stephen Colbert urged his viewers to get edit-happy. Colbert was responding to a report that suggested edits could hint at Romney's choice, reports the Hill . A tech analyst... More »

Wikipedia's New Headache: Admin Problems

Barely anyone is being promoted to admin these days

(Newser) - While attending Wikimania last Friday in DC, the Atlantic's Robinson Meyer came across three charts that made him worry about Wikipedia's future. He acknowledges it's not new news that the number of Wikipedia editors has been on the decline for the last five years. Here's what... More »

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