New tool reveals editors behind Wiki entries

A new tool called the WikiScanner lets users see just who is fiddling with their Wiki entries.

New tool reveals editors behind Wiki entries

A new tool called the WikiScanner lets users see just who is fiddling with their Wiki entries.

The online encyclopedia has gained massive popularity among the masses simply because it allows anyone and everyone to contribute entries or even edit them.

The new tool was created by Virgil Griffith, a computer scientist. Griffith is also about to enter Caltech as a grad student.

Previously the ability to edit entries has been misused in a big way. For instance it was found that Congressional offices were using this ability to tarnish the reputation of their political rivals. Additionally PCs in the Church of Scientology were found to be involved with editing critical portions from the Scientology article on the web site.

WikiScanner creator Griffith was upfront about why he created the new tool. He said he hopes "to create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike".

Entries on the negative effects of Diebold electronic voting machines were also edited by someone at the company to erase the damning statements. Also a Wal-Mart employee tried to glorify the supermarket giant in its entry page on Wikipedia.

The new tool can be found at http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr. But appears that massive traffic has currently taken it down.

Paula Cussons

Last Mod: 17 Ağustos 2007, 11:07
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