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A little too much correction going on?
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA GPS: 38.8,-122.5
A little too much wishful thinking about soalr energy going on perchance ?
The greenies smoking their organically raised, low carbon footprint
marijuana and editing WP in their spare time. When they're not out cruising
for cheap tawdry sex with questionable types.
LOL! That's why I gave up. Anything worth bothering with is in dispute
by fools who know nothing about it....
Mary Fisher wrote:
Why did you create WikiScanner?
To create a fireworks display of public relations disasters in
which everyone brings their own fireworks, and enjoys.
To improve virgil.gr 's Google pagerank for the query ' virgil '
Update: I am fluctuating between #1 and #2.
To see what "interesting organizations" are up to.
Every time I hear about a new security vulnerability, I look to
see if it can be done on a massive scale and indexed.
Do you think Wikipedia is reliable?
Overall--especially for non-controversial topics--Wikipedia seems
to work. For controversial topics, Wikipedia can be made more reliable
through techniques like this one. As for other approaches, I think
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What does Wikipedia have to say about WikiScanner?
As far as I know, the reaction from the Wikimedia Foundation has
been wholly positive. The Wikipedians are good people -- they don't
mind the light of day. Also see the Wikipedia entry on WikiScanner.
How did you come up with this idea? How long have you been at it?
I came up with the idea when I heard about Congressmen getting
caught for white-washing their wikipedia pages. Every time I hear
about a new security vulnerability, I think about whether it could be
done on a massive scale and indexed. I had the idea back then, I've
been busy with scientific work so I sat on it until a few weeks ago
when I started working on the WikiScanner.
Is something like WikiScanner required to keep people honest? Is
anonymous editing bad for Wikipedia?
The low barrier to entry for adding new content is vital to
Wikipedia's rapid growth. Drastically increasing the effort and
commitment required to add new information would be disastrous.
Instead of stopping anonymous contributions, Wikipedia should
(continue to) use various back-end analyses (such as WikiScanner) that
will help counteract disinformation while keeping the low barrier to
contribution. Overall--especially for non-controversial
topics--Wikipedia already works. For controversial topics, Wikipedia
can be made more reliable through techniques like this one.
How does WikiScanner work?
When you make an edit to Wikipedia, you have two choices. First,
you can register and leave your username, or you can edit anonymously.
But, when you edit anonymously, it uses your IP address, a number
which identifies what computer network are you from, in lieu of a
username. Wikipedia does this for convenience to distinguish your
anonymous edits from someone else's anonymous edits. In essence,
WikiScanner combines two databases: (1) The list of all IP adresses
that have made edits to Wikipedia, and (2) What IP addresses belong to
which companies. So with WikiScanner you can type a company name, and
it shows you what edits have come from IP addresses owned by that