As an openly editable encyclopedia, Wikipedia is renowned for having up-to-the-minute information. It’s also known for inaccuracy, and occasionally for “edit wars”. Most respectable editors do so under a login name, however many malicious edits occur anonymously.

Mostly.

See, Wikipedia tracks the IP address of anonymous edits. Just looking at an IP address wouldn’t necessarily tell you anything about who edited that page… unless the IP addresses were crossreferenced against a reverse lookup, identifying who owned those addresses. Then it might get interesting. Unfortunately, that’s a time-consuming process.

Fortunately, someone has done it for you.

Just poking around, I learned that a FOX News IP address is very busy editing pages about FOX television personalities. Some of those edits are useful. Others inject all kinds of anti-liberal bias. Additionally, what are FOX News IPs doing editing pages on CNN, or Keith Olbermann?

Feel free to note any interesting edits you find in the comments.

 
  • go to nytimes.com and search on “wikipedia” for an article last month in the Sunday magazine that describes all about how the hierarchy of editing it works.

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