Comments: Wikipedia researcher about being right losing to persistence and arguing

This is not surprising in the least, and I don't think anyone really contests the cliquish-cultish nature of Wikipedia except those in the midst of it.

The problems I encountered by simply adding a standard spoiler tag in a film entry were epic. A couple of editors didn't like spoiler tags so removed them all, harassed and threatened and even banned people who disagreed with them. Someone I used to know via Usenet is now an administrator (or whatever it's called) and his own pet pages are filled with manipulated facts to serve his own purposes. And the less said about what happened when I caught a barnstar-winning editor in blatant plagiarism, the better.

In all these examples, there was only one underlying problem -- a small group of people using Wikipedia for their own egotastic reasons. People are finally getting tired of it.

Posted by Stacia at August 25, 2008 01:18 AM

Even the largest clique would not be able to impact more than a small percent of wikipedia's articles. The problem is that they impact rather a lot of the articles people want to write an extension of the problem that most of the stuff people want to write has been written.

Posted by dghdfgh at August 25, 2008 06:58 AM

What's the alternative or alternatives to the wikipedia template?...

Posted by the zak at August 26, 2008 06:42 AM