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Wikipedia Closes Wii, PS3, Sony Entries 99

GameSpot reports that Wikipedia has closed the next-gen console entries because of nigh-onto constant defacement from angry fanbois. From the article: "Last week the complete Nintendo company page was replaced with the phrase "Nintendo Sucks!!!!!!!!!" briefly before the Web site reloaded the original entry. Previous vandalism efforts include someone doodling on a Hitler moustache and horns on the photograph for the entry for Bill Gates, and the sentence "Microsoft is Zomg T3h Suck0r!!!!!!" briefly replacing the computer software company's page. All of the next-generation consoles make it into the company's top 40 list of most revised pages, with the Nintendo Wii at number 10 (12,780 revisions), the PS3 at number 21 (9,894 revisions), and the Xbox 360 at 25 (9,481 revisions.) Interestingly, the Wii seems to attract more conflicts of opinion on the site than the subjects of Scientology (8,475 revisions), God (7,537 revisions), and even Britney Spears (9,886 revisions.)"
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Wikipedia Closes Wii, PS3, Sony Entries

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  • News? (Score:5, Informative)

    by interiot ( 50685 ) on Tuesday November 14, 2006 @04:44PM (#16843482) Homepage
    I'm not sure how this is news. Anonymous and very new users can't edit the entries, but all accounts older than 4 days can, so the articles are still updated almost as fast as before. And numerous pages [wikipedia.org] are semi-protected every day as vandalism flares up and dies down. Judging by semi-protection only, the consoles aren't any worse off than Lucille Ball, Tundra, or Michelangelo...
  • Re:See? (Score:5, Informative)

    by crotherm ( 160925 ) on Tuesday November 14, 2006 @08:34PM (#16846740) Journal

    Americans are funny things. Apparently apart from the obvious firearm reference, Shotgun means "riding in the front passenger seat"? Well, okay...

    It is a reference to the guy sitting next to the stage coach driver. That guy carried a shotgun to ward off bad guys. Hence the term.
  • Re:News? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Mitaphane ( 96828 ) on Tuesday November 14, 2006 @08:34PM (#16846744) Homepage
    It isn't news. First, it's inaccurate; the article talks as if the PS3 and Wii articles are locked away from any editing at all. For some reason journalists still can't get their facts straight when it comes to the two kinds of page protections(protecting and semi-protecting) Wikipedia has. Second, this isn't an event of any significance as it happens all the time; Wikipedia often protects [wikipedia.org] and semi-protects [wikipedia.org] articles that are on controversial topics, topics covered heavily in news media, or topics that draw a huge number edits from random users.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.