Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-11-26/In the news
In the news
Vandalism attacks Aborigines
Wikipedia hosts content attacking Aborigines - The article on Maddington, Western Australia, a suburb in Perth, Australia, was vandalised to contain material offensive to Indigenous Australians. The offensive material was retained for several hours, and was contributed anonymously. Angela Beesley stated that she found the vandalism "unacceptable" and added that it was up to the community to find the problems with referencing and fix them.
"Wackypedia" declared dangerous
School officials unite in banning Wikipedia - The librarian at Great Meadows Middle School in New Jersey has blocked access to Wikipedia from computers, because the teachers do not see it as an authoritative source given that it can be edited by anyone. She has put up signs all over the library that declare "Just say no to Wikipedia" - a play on the slogan used by Nancy Reagan against drugs.
Other recent mentions of Wikipedia in the online media include:
- Wikipedia work becomes college class assignment - A professor found that her experiment to have students contribute to Wikipedia as a class assignment was "transformative".
- A group approach to teaching teachers - Curriki, an online curriculum resource that intends to open-source textbooks and vets contributions with retired teachers, invites comparisons with Wikipedia.
- Personal Computing: The Threat of "Typosquatting" - Wikipedia is subject to "typosquatting", where others register domain names that are plausible typos of Wikimedia domains and host advertisements and spyware.
(In case you are not aware, Planet Wikimedia is a blog aggregator, for even more commentary on Wikimedia and its projects.)
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