February 01, 2005

Wacky Wiki

Wikipedia can be edited by anyone; there is a good-sized core group for whom updating and improving the free online encyclopedia is a regular hobby. This has its upsides and its downsides. One downside is that saboteurs can mess with entries, and even if they're caught quickly (as they usually are), readers might be misled by an inaccurate entry or even erroneously dismiss out of hand the utility of the encyclopedia. One upside is that sabotage can be hilarious.

Tom Maguire notes a verbal gaffe in which John Kerry said he "delivered weapons to the Khmer Rouge on the coastline of Cambodia"-- which would be treason. Maguire links to the Wikipedia entry on the Khmer Rouge to illustrate his point. Instapundit linked to Maguire's post last night.

You guessed it: the Khmer Rouge entry got updated-- both in the text:

and in this captioned photo:

Full screenshot here.

Posted by John Tabin at February 1, 2005 05:59 AM

Too funny.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at February 1, 2005 06:23 AM


Which is why I consider WikkiPedia to be completely useless.

Posted by: ed at February 1, 2005 12:57 PM


Posted by: Dan at February 1, 2005 02:17 PM