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Wiki-drama in the UK House of Commons (and the palace?)

Official portrait of Michael Gove
Michael Gove, a UK politician accused of plagiarism from Wikipedia.

It's been a news-filled month for the UK House of Commons and Wikipedia. On 4 February, the Independent reported (subscription required) that Michael Gove's "leveling-up" plan plagiarised Wikipedia and contained many errors – including spelling mistakes and entire paragraphs that were repeated. Four days later, Debbie Hayton writing in UnHerd said that an editor battle over the biography of British MP Tonia Antoniazzi is "instructive of how a small group of activist editors can manipulate information to service their agenda". On 23 February, the New Statesman wrote that the Wikipedia pages for two MPs were whitewashed: a section about Bob Blackman's connections to Azerbaijan was removed from his article, and a section in the Gillian Keegan article related to the Post Office scandal was removed. Both removals were made from IP addresses tracing back to the Palace of Westminster. Neither Blackman nor Keegan could be reached by New Statesman for comment. – E, S

Wiki Unseen is seen by Hyperallergic and

The Wikimedia Foundation's new project titled Wiki Unseen was reported on by Hyperallergic and The WMF launched the project on February 9 during Black History Month to amplify the voices of "the people who have shaped the world, but were systematically erased from knowledge spaces". The project pays artists for portraits of historical figures where no freely licensed illustrations are available. – E

The "Wikipedia Sports Wars", as reported by ESPN

Picture of Matt Hamilton
Matt Hamilton, a curler whose Wikipedia article has been vandalized repeatedly.

ESPN reported on vandalism in Wikipedia sports articles. Matt Hamilton is given as an in-depth example. His article briefly contained colorful vandalism, among them that "curling is not a sport", that Hamilton had donated to charities supporting irritable bowel syndrome because he suffered from it himself, and that he was a long-lost relative of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros., a viper, and a cougar hunter. The story applauded vandalism fighters, including Earl Andrew. Hamilton's article is currently pending changes protected. The ESPN article is well-written and its analysis is interesting. But sooner or later, we should all recognize that the best journalism about vandalism is no journalism about vandalism. Criticism just encourages the vandals. – E, S

A tall tale about 3 cm (1.18 inches) or less

BolaVIP reports that Danish center-back Mads Fenger lost a chance for playing for Belgian soccer team Zulte Waregem because Wikipedia misstated his height as 186 cm (6 feet 1 inch), rather than the actual 183 cm (6 feet 0 inches). "The transfer failed due to Wikipedia." With such a small difference, it's important to get the details right. Until it was changed on January 24, Wikipedia reported that Fenger stood at 185 cm, not 186 cm. If anybody is to blame for Fenger not getting the job, it's Zulte Waregem, for making the decision based on such a trivial detail. Or perhaps the fault lies with Fenger, who may not have stood up straight during the measurement. More likely, the fault lies with BolaVIP, which preferred to take a cheap shot at Wikipedia without checking the facts. – S

College class on women and gender gets Wikified

The Fall 2021 Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) class at the University of Minnesota Morris is another class that joined the over 500 universities that have been creating content for Wikipedia through the Wiki Education program since 2013. The class of 24 students contributed in unique ways, adding 12,000 words and 57 references to articles that had received 37,000 views as of the end of the semester in December. New articles included Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase, the founder of Sahnish Scouts, a citizen-led organization dedicated to finding justice for missing people and their families. – E

Good golly Miss Molly! Tell us what you really think about crypto

The Verge featured an independent interview with Molly White (GorillaWarfare onwiki), known for her Request for Comment on Meta to stop cryptocurrency donations to the Wikimedia Foundation. The interview covered White's Web 3 Is Going Just Great, launched on December 14th, and her views on cryptocurrency, NFTs, DAOs and Wikipedia. – E

Why do we need another story on Wiki rabbit holes?

A hole made by a rabbit.
A Wiki rabbit hole is inspired by an actual rabbit hole, shown here (entirety not shown).

After countless articles already existing about Wikipedia rabbit holes, Mashable is at it again with another story. This one suggests exploring List of common misconceptions, Military marine mammal, COINTELPRO and more. Have fun descending deeper and deeper into the depths of the wiki. – E

The king and queen of the high 5

On Valentine's Day Input reprinted these 2008 photos from the High five article which go viral every so often. Input tells you everything you'd ever want to know about the photos, including the uploader's real name and profession. Not to worry, though – the uploader has posted his profession, first name and family name on-Wiki. – B, E

In brief

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I can see the resemblance to Mario. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 04:42, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Discussion on Wiki Unseen image, for the interested: Talk:Asquith_Xavier#Wiki unseen image. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:34, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I'd never considered the creation of portraits to fill the gap left by a lack of free images, but it makes so much sense, and it's a wonderful way of seeing artists funded for their contributions towards filling out Wikipedia.--Ineffablebookkeeper (talk) ({{ping}} me!) 12:18, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Gråbergs Gråa Sång: Didn't want to bother her over a trivial thing such as me realizing "oh that's the wikipedia admin, didn't know she was involved in this funny internet drama" -Gouleg🛋️ harass/hound 15:14, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It's part of the job of a wiki-godess. ;-) She can block me for a nano-second if she wants to. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 15:34, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
😂 It's been a busy few months! Thanks for the shout-out, Signpost! GorillaWarfare (she/her • talk) 19:30, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


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