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By Draeco, Amir E. Aharoni, and Smallbones

Robson revisions

Australian television presenter Naomi Robson's manager Max Markson sparked a small edit war and press interest this week when he polished her article in anticipation of the launch of her online dating show. On 1 February, first connected several deletions in late January and February to User:Maxmarkson. Claiming that much content was "totally false and libelous", he removed copious unfavorable information, including the entire "Controversy" section and two-thirds of the article's citations (diff). User:Marksonsparks displayed similar behavior (diff) but was not named in the press. Markson expressed no remorse when Mumbrella contacted him for a follow-up article, saying "I'm doing my job", and clarifying elsewhere that that involves "being the good spin doctor and manager that I am". The article was temporarily protected for this and other unrelated IP vandalism.

Rumble in the Knesset

Several academics and Wikipedia contributors were invited to the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) on 2 February to mark the Hebrew Wikipedia's 100,000th article. Representatives of the Hebrew Wikipedia presented their achievements to the Science Committee of the Knesset. At the meeting there were also representatives of Creative Commons Israel, the Ministry of Education, and Israeli academics who use Wikipedia as an educational tool and improve its contents.

Committee chairman Meir Sheetrit was impressed by the possibilities of the Free Culture model and promised to draft a proposal to loosen the copyright restrictions on images, legal texts and educational materials produced by the Israeli government for the benefit of the public. A press release from the Israeli chapter of Wikimedia reported several supportive quotes from Sheetrit:

The Jerusalem Post documented that the group received both praise and criticism, and lobbied for the Israeli government to release more images.


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Both of Markson's accounts have empty block logs, am I missing something? Burpelson AFB (talk) 03:20, 9 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]

There's been confusion I think because Slac said on the article's talk page that he was temporarily blocking (see Talk:Naomi_Robson#Temporary_block) and the incorrect terminology followed by a comment directed at Markson seemed to confuse the media even more-so than usual. Mumbrella were just one of several sites and reporters who read the talk page and thought Markson had been blocked. Sarah 03:46, 9 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Uh, has anyone else noticed this quote from the article about opening Wikipedia India: “In India anyone who has internet access has functional literacy in English, so language is not a huge issue, but the way people interact with the articles, shows that there is a lack of ownership and understanding about the fact that they can own and edit the articles. Lack of an India chapter is an issue.” said Achal Prabhala, an advisory board member of Wikimedia Foundation.
I really hope that this is due to some sort of cultural misunderstanding, especially since this statement is coming from a WMF board member! Am I really the only person to have noticed this?!?
— V = I * R (Talk • Contribs) 03:53, 9 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I'm pretty sure Achal knows how Wikipedia works, so it might be a misquote or a misinterpretation. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 06:07, 10 February 2010 (UTC)[reply]


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