[LEAPSECS] LEAPSECs and Wikipedia
ashtongj at comcast.net
Mon Aug 15 13:53:00 EDT 2011
Wikipedia can be edited by almost anyone, but the regulars there will
see if any change is supported by a citation to a reliable published
source, since there is
no mechanism to establish that a particular contributor has any relevant
qualifications. So a change is likely to stick, if and only if there is
a citation to
a reliable source.
On 8/15/2011 12:11 PM, Finkleman, Dave wrote:
> Wikipedia entries can be changed by anyone. I recommend that someone
> correct the recent modification that clouds the origin of the term UTC.
> They wait to see what happens.
> My experience follows. For nearly 10 years, AGI prepared and donated to
> NORAD continuous animations for NORAD Tracks Santa. About five years
> ago Google and Booz-Allen-Hamilton intimidated NORAD to use them
> instead, gaining exposure and advertising. The NORAD Tracks Santa
> Wikipedia page said that AGI had withdrawn. I changed it. 30 minutes
> later it was back the way it was. I changed it again. This went on
> throughout the Christmas season of 2009. By design and policy,
> contributions to Wikipedia pages are unconstrained except for immoral or
> abusive inputs.
> Perhaps someone can write a script that monitors the relevant passage
> and replaces it with the truth every time it changes.
> Dave Finkleman
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