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Wiki watch



We've written before about the Wiki scanner, an ingenious invention that allows you to track changes made in Wikipedia entries and which computers, by Internet address, made the changes. This turned up the news that state computers had been used to cleanse Mike Huckabee references of unflattering mentions of his advocacy of freedom for the murderer Wayne Dumond.

An Arkanas Blog reader sends along fruits of his own Wiki scanner research.

For example, go here to see how employees of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (judging by IP addresses) have been occupying time in cleaning up references ranging from accounts of the late Newspaper War to a fixation on Final Fantasy and Project Runway, with an Osama bin Laden edit thrown in.

Here are some Signal Media edits. Our correspondent notes of one:

A user at the Signal Media of Arkansas office (KABZ 103.7 the Buzz and KKPT The Point 94.1) edited Tommy Smith's Wikipedia entry - specifically the section about his morning show - to add the word "diminutive" as a prefix to "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor/columnist Wally Hall."

And, woo, a user on what a whois lookup indicates is a Jonesboro Sun IP address makes a very graphic fix on a Max Hardcore reference.


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