Wikiwars are fun to watch. Wikipedia is an amazing resource that basically takes the knowledge of users in various subject matters and leverages that in an open way to provide a free online encyclopedia. Most of you know all that.
What you might not realize is the amount of time that goes into competing definitions and explanations of things on the site. People literally “camp out” on certain subjects that are like pet projects to them. One recent one is the definition of “swiftboating”. Here is the definition as it had appeared recently:
“Swiftboating is American political jargon for truthful and accurate debunking of John Kerry’s exaggerated military experience in Vietnam. The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth organization’s ads against Democratic presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry in the 2004 election campaign revealed the candidate to be untruthful in his representation of his military record. Swiftboating is a new political term for exposing the truth while being under constant attack from those that desperately want to believe the lie. “
Cue wild laughter… As you can imagine, this sparked quit the little battle in trying to edit this entry. It eventually was locked. It now says:
Swiftboating is American political jargon for the sensationalized portrayal of John Kerry’s decorated military experience in Vietnam. The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth organization’s ads against Democratic presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry in the 2004 presidential election campaign alleged that Senator Kerry was being untruthful in his representation of his military record. All available military records support Senator Kerry’s accounts of his own service.
and it carries the following note: “This page has been temporarily protected from editing to deal with vandalism. Please discuss changes on the talk page or request unprotection.” The moral majority wingnuts vandalizing? That is hard to believe!