It seems like far too many US congressmen (or, at least, their staff) are re-writing their Wikipedia entries for comfort. And now, some Wikipedia regulars are fighting back… they’re attempting to ban anyone with a house.gov internet address from editing articles.
Nice idea but… take just one look at the “Request for Comment” that they’ve posted.
I’d include an excerpt here, but it’s so overly technical and filled with pseudo legalese that it’d never make sense unless you saw the whole page in all its glory.
I predict bad times ahead for these Wiki activists. They’ve made the schoolboy error of choosing to fight on someone else’s home-field. They’ve chosen to take on Congress staffers in legalese, and bad legalise at that. The staffers do this all day, every day. They’ll eat the Wiki activists for breakfast.
Far better to have stuck to a medium they know – the dissemination of information, preferably to the press.
By the way – some are already beginning to say Wikipedia is beginning to look stupid:
Defenders of Wikipedia has said if you don’t like an entry edit it. Well, someone did. It didn’t expand readers’ knowledge. For political and other controversial subjects Wikipedia is turning into a propaganda stage. Its reputation is slowly dropping to the level of a James Frey memoir.