Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.
The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.
The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.
Although that one arguably pales in comparison to the nameless Congressional staffer who needed the world to know that Mediate is “sexist transphobic*.” Or perhaps not; but I’m noting it largely because I’d like the record to show that this is all at best (or worst) a bipartisan exercise in wearing-your-posterior-as-a-head-covering. And, of course, to make it clear that, to the best of my knowledge, Donald Rumsfeld is NOT an alien lizard. I mean, sheesh: everybody knows that he’s from a cadet branch of the Merovingian dynasty. Where do you think he got the money to fund Fang Island in the first place? (more…)