Friday, September 7, 2012

Luna's Wiki War

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The hot story in today's local news is Dan Popkey's Idaho Statesman column on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's wikiwar.

Starts Popkey:

Melissa McGrath, the image-maker for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, went to the University of Maryland journalism school. There, she learned to be wary of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia written by anonymous volunteers.

Last week, McGrath, a former colleague of mine at the Statesman, ignited a battle among Wikipedia editors after she signed on — using her true name — to rewrite Luna’s Wikipedia profile.

That rewrite sparked a back and forth that left Luna's Wikipedia profile edited more than 50 times since Aug. 27, the most recent of which was today at 1:59 p.m. See the graphic below for the most recent edition of Luna's profile.



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