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Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of Editors Who Extorted Users For Cash

Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators’ announcement board reveals a big problem. The site’s CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors’ accounts for “undisclosed paid advocacy”. In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion.


Oxford University Press Plagiarised Wikipedia, Now Who The Hell Should I Believe? 

It’s not only lazy students and Buzzfeed editors who steal from Wikipedia.


Anti-Science Trolls Are Starting 'Edit Wars' On Wikipedia

It’s no surprise that people tamper with Wikipedia entries on a regular basis, but it turns out that especially dedicated trolls have been sabotaging entries on politically controversial science topics like evolution and global warming.


Save Wikipedia Articles To Your Phone For Offline Access

As ubiquitous as high-speed data connections have become, there are still occasions when you won’t have as much connectivity as you might like, mostly while travelling and roaming abroad. If you want some reading material to pass the time while you’re squeezed for bandwidth, the official Wikipedia apps for iOS and Android let you save articles for offline access.


How To Declare Your Confusion In Relation To Another Language -- Anywhere

If you find something confusing, you might find yourself uttering that what you’re dealing with is “all Greek” to you. But what do the Greeks say? And for that matter, what does everyone else around the world say?


NYPD Scrubbed Wikipedia Entries On Police Brutality And No One Cared

Last week, we found out that someone at NYPD headquarters was manipulating Wikipedia articles on police violence. The NYPD has identified two officers behind the police-friendly entries — and is doing shit-all about these on-the-clock edits.


NYPD Scrubbed Wikipedia Entries On Police Brutality And No One Cared

Last week, we found out that someone at New York Police Department headquarters was manipulating Wikipedia articles on police violence to make themselves look better. The NYPD has identified two officers behind the police-friendly entries — and is doing shit-all about these on-the-clock edits.


Wikipedia Just Joined The List Of Pissed-Off Organisations Suing The NSA

Wikipedia’s parent organisation just joined the fight against dragnet government surveillance.


This Is What Wikipedia Looks Like Imagined As A Galaxy

It may look like some kind of holographic AI, but this is actually Wikipedia’s 100,000 most popular articles in 2014, mapped out as a galaxy.


9 Of The Weirdest Wikipedia Pages We've Ever Seen

With the right state of mind, enough time on your hands and a can-do attitude/darkened worldview, your casual Wikipedia browsing can quickly devolve into hours spent amongst the site’s weird, bizarre, and morbidly fascinating black holes. Making it virtually impossible to uncover all of the site’s many dark and dusty corners — but damned if we didn’t try.


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