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#1 Jul 25 2014 at 9:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing". The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard". One staffer said they were being banned for the "actions of two or three". Edits from computers using the IP address belonging to the House of Representatives have been banned before, following similar acts of vandalism. The latest block comes after rogue edits were brought to light by a Twitter feed, @congressedits, which posts every change made from the government-owned address.


I dunno, Rumsfeld looks an awful lot like an alien lizard. Smiley: tinfoilhat
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#2 Jul 25 2014 at 9:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sounds like Wiki overreacted to a typo. It was clearly meant to say "alien wizard."
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#3 Jul 25 2014 at 10:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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I still want to know who did it. Where's one of those joint congressional inquiry panel things when you need them?
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#4 Jul 25 2014 at 1:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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#5 Jul 25 2014 at 2:45 PM Rating: Good
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Let Kao sort 'em out!
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#6 Jul 26 2014 at 12:02 AM Rating: Good
And this is why you shouldn't trust Wikipedia for anything that's volatile or political. Apparently when anyone can edit something, people with a vested interest tend to make changes in favor of themselves. Truly shocking.

Obviously wasn't the case with the... alien lizard... but I still wouldn't take anything at face value that's not cited from a reputable source in an article even vaguely political.

Wikipedia's still great for the sciences, though.
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#7 Jul 28 2014 at 7:57 AM Rating: Good
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Apparently when anyone can edit something, people children with a vested interest nothing better to do tend to make changes in favor of themselves.
I hope you don't mind, but that's how I see it.

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#8 Jul 28 2014 at 8:08 AM Rating: Good
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Kids weren't involved at all were they?
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#9 Jul 28 2014 at 8:14 AM Rating: Good
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Kids weren't involved at all were they?
Congress Intern Politicritters, so pretty much kids.
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#10 Jul 28 2014 at 9:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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Must be all the hippidy hop music rotting their brains. Kids these days.

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#11 Jul 28 2014 at 9:13 AM Rating: Good
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I have it on good authority that McCain had someone edit his page, and threw a hissy fit when the changes were reverted. Unrelated to this, but mildly amusing.
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