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WikiScanner generates more discoveries for the media to devour

Most news coverage this week related to the recent invention of WikiScanner, a tool that links anonymous edits with the organisations from which they apparently originated (see archived story).

Why we can still trust Wikipedia

Why we can still trust Wikipedia: University of Sydney student Tamsin Lloyd begins by saying that we are being required to question the truth more and more, especially since the WikiScanner revelations. She outlines the basic principles of how Wikipedia works, and discusses some of the things that ensure quality. For example, a strong social structure, where there is "a strong internal 'praise/shame' economy", results in a community where members who play foul are noticed quickly. She concludes that while Wikipedia is not perfect, it is more committed to the "information cause" than many journalists. Lloyd is currently writing her thesis on online communities, focusing on Wikipedia as a case study.

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Could we have some more context on "German user acquitted for distribution of pornography"? Specifically, I'm interested in the context of Mutter Erde's posting - was it a sort of gratuitous addition of a porn link or was it in a discussion where such links made sense, such as a discussion of pornography? The article just says "a discussion page" which is rather non-specific. --Gwern (contribs) 22:17 28 August 2007 (GMT)

It happened on the de-wiki didn't it? You might get a more knowledgeable response there. enochlau (talk) 01:51, 29 August 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands edits his Wikipedia article

[7] - Looks like it may have been on the Dutch Wikipedia, I don't see any such edit on the date the article claims. Corvus cornix 22:06, 30 August 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Oh, here, I found it - [8]. Corvus cornix 22:09, 30 August 2007 (UTC)[reply]


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