WikiGnomes and Bigfoot: Andrew McMillen's February 3 profile of and his quest to rid Wikipedia of the phrase "comprised of" has been one of the most widely circulated and commented upon media stories about the encyclopedia recently.
Arrest reported in Wikipedia editing of Parsons article
Earlier this month, ITM reported on a Canadian government investigation into Wikipedia edits to the article Suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons from an IP address belonging to the Department of National Defence. Parsons' 2013 suicide at the age of 17, which her parents blame on Internet harassment following her alleged gang rape at 15 by four teenage boys, caused a nationwide outcry against cyberbullying. Two of the alleged assailants eventually pled guilty to charges of child pornography related to the distribution of a photo of Parsons. The Wikipedia edits appear to attempt to cast doubt on her alleged sexual assault and subsequent suicide. CBC Newsreports (February 26) that according to Parsons' father, Glen Canning, the father of one of those alleged assailants was arrested for making those Wikipedia edits from a computer at CFB Shearwater. The Department of National Defence confirmed that an unidentified man was arrested and released but refused to confirm a connection to the Parsons case. G
H. G. Wells predicted Wikipedia: Voxcompares (February 23) H. G. Wells' utopian vision of a "Permanent World Encyclopaedia" to Wikipedia. Wells had written about the idea in 1937. A.K.
Wiki Wars: Quartz features an article (February 23) by William Beutler on the recent "Gamergate and Grammy kerfuffles", which Beutler describes as part of Wikipedia's teenage growing pains. A.K.
WMF Office bans: The Daily Dotexamines (February 22) the recent uptick in global bans by the Wikimedia Foundation and related community concerns that the process lacks transparency. The piece, which focuses mostly on the ban of Russavia, features quotes from several Wikimedians critical of the global ban process, as well as comments by Katherine Maher, the Wikimedia Foundation's Chief Communications Officer. A.K.
Footprints: The Cary Newsreports (February 19) on an unsourced February 2 edit to the article Apex, North Carolina which claimed that "The town also has a long history of Bigfoot sightings, which has attracted many newcomers to the area." The Town Manager of Apex removed the sentence from the article on February 19 and told the News that "he has no personal knowledge of Bigfoot's existence." G