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ABC Has No Clue How Wikipedia Works

After nearly a week since the Wikiscanner went public, you would think that the media would have gotten a clue about how to cover the story, except to focus on the CIA and some of the corporate edits. The ABC news story here contains errors so stunning that I have no idea how any major media organization could go forward with it or assign someone to write a story about something they clearly don’t understand.

Don’t believe me? Read this.

The site, which debuted in January 2001, allows almost anyone to edit entries, but for the first time the public has learned where some of the changes are coming from.

Untrue. The “public” was aware before that some government and business entities were editing Wikipedia. Just not on a larger scale. All you had to do was look at an IP address and track its origin. If by Public, ABC means people who get their news from ABC news, they may have a point.

Now the site, which bills itself as the largest knowledge resource in the world, has a way to track down those who edit content.

The “site” had a way to do it before. Editing required either an account, which was easily trackable or an IP address for anonymous editing which could in many cases also be tracked.

Wikipedia has always restricted changes to a small percentage of articles and volunteer administrators, according to a report in The New York Times.

This is so poorly phrased that I have trouble even figuring out what it’s trying to say. More accurately Wikipedia restricts changes to a small percentage of articles. It doesn’t restrict changes to volunteer administrators but by them. Volunteer administrators and articles are not equivalent. And can ABC not do better than quoting the New York Times about what Wikipedia does? That’s like quoting the Farmer’s Almanac on the Space Shuttle.

ABC really needs to hire tech qualified reporters.

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