Wikipedia and manipulations

The wiki also has a dark side with networks, multiple accounts and various organized manipulations.

The development of a free collaborative system has not good sides only.

Flaws

The main flaw was announced by an expert (references below):

« Although experts on a subject may edit a page, they ultimately have no more control over the content of that page than anyone else. »

A specialist is placed on the same level as an ignorant or even mentally retarded one.

And the President of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Jorge Cauz:

« If I were to be the CEO of Google or the founders of Google I would be very [displeased] that the best search engine in the world continues to provide as a first link, Wikipedia, » he said. »Is this the best they can do? Is this the best that [their] algorithm can do? »
Reference.

It was criticized to Wikipedia:

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Manipulations and hoaxes

Quote:

I am interested in letting many people know that Wikipedia is a flawed and irresponsible research tool.

So says John Seigenthaler after a Wikipedia article presented him as the instigator of the murder of J.F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby. It was actually a hoax, but stayed for 5 months in Wkipedia and was quoted by trusty sites!

Patterns of manipulation

How are operated the manipulation?

Contributions may be made without registration. The IP address is recorded, but if it is dynamically assigned by the operator at each session, it is a guarantee of anonymity.
A proxy IP address may be used to and thus contribute in strict anymymat.
But the most invested wiki hackers use a user completely transparent account. They lots of editions every day gives them autority, it is unlikely that another publisher revert their contributions even when complaints are raised.

References