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Wikipedia Airport Info Frustration  
User currently offlineJBAirwaysFan From United States of America, joined May 2009, 941 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

I know Wikipedia is NEVER to be trusted. I really do. But what irks me about it is that why would people try to purposely post incorrect info? I bring this up because I periodically check their DAB article for errors (and correct them). Some idiot posted that American Eagle was launching DAB-MIA service on November 1 and DAB-JFK service December 1. Not to mention they keep adding that NWA served DAB until the DL/NW merger (not true, NW metal never touched down in DAB for scheduled service since I've been alive). Why do these people act like such idiots with this website. The point is for people to post ACCURATE info. Geez! Sorry for the rant, but I'm sure other a.netters share the frustration.


In Loving Memory of Casey Edward Falconer; May 16, 1992-May 9, 2012
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User currently offlinestrandedinbgm From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2831 times:

I think you just opened the door for an onslaught of edits in the coming days.


It's 737s, 747s and 380s. Not 737's, 747's and 380's. Learn to use the apostrophe for crying out loud.
User currently offlineJBAirwaysFan From United States of America, joined May 2009, 941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

Edits for a.net or Wikipedia?


In Loving Memory of Casey Edward Falconer; May 16, 1992-May 9, 2012
User currently offlinestrandedinbgm From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

Quoting JBAirwaysFan (Reply 2):
Edits for a.net or Wikipedia?

Wiki



It's 737s, 747s and 380s. Not 737's, 747's and 380's. Learn to use the apostrophe for crying out loud.
User currently offlinechase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

Quoting JBAirwaysFan (Thread starter):
I know Wikipedia is NEVER to be trusted.

Not on its own, no. But when editing a Wikipedia article you're at least supposed to cite sources. And in many cases the sources are trustworthy.

Anyway, more on-topic: If you want to, I believe there is some process to request that a page be locked so that it can't be changed (presumably for a certain time period, or by a certain user, etc.) You could request that this take place. Or you could somehow try to convey to this user that he is incorrect (assuming he believes what he's posting, and isn't intentionally lying). Try adding something to the article indicating "NW has never served DAB, here is a link to their schedules to prove that". Or maybe you'll luck out and be able to contact the guy based on his Wikipedia username (unless he edited it anonymously, in which case you're out of luck).


User currently offlineJBAirwaysFan From United States of America, joined May 2009, 941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

Quoting chase (Reply 4):
Try adding something to the article indicating "NW has never served DAB, here is a link to their schedules to prove that". Or maybe you'll luck out and be able to contact the guy based on his Wikipedia username (unless he edited it anonymously, in which case you're out of luck).

How do you track down the people who do that if they are not anonymous?



In Loving Memory of Casey Edward Falconer; May 16, 1992-May 9, 2012
User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

It doesn't take a genius to connect the airport and what is local to there, and could possibly be changing it. I mean, isn't there isn't a school there with quite a few people who think much higher than themselves than they should? Or perhaps I'm just dreaming.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3597 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Quoting JBAirwaysFan (Reply 5):
How do you track down the people who do that if they are not anonymous?

Look at the revisions and see the username attached to the offending one.

Even anonymous editors can be blocked for making numerous malicious edits, though. Wikipedia doesn't care if they block a bunch of other people from editing too; they'll block an IP anyway. At my last job, I tried to edit the page of the TV channel I worked for (also to fix some obviously wrong info) and I discovered that my entire *building* was blocked from making edits, to *any* page on Wikipedia. I found out the backstory, which was that someone like 4 floors below me had been caught making malicious edits to like 100 pages a day, while he was supposedly at work. So he got blocked by his IP, which also ensnared the entire rest of the building, and another building my company owned several blocks away.



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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
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Quoting spacecadet (Reply 7):
Even anonymous editors can be blocked for making numerous malicious edits, though. Wikipedia doesn't care if they block a bunch of other people from editing too; they'll block an IP anyway. At my last job, I tried to edit the page of the TV channel I worked for (also to fix some obviously wrong info) and I discovered that my entire *building* was blocked from making edits, to *any* page on Wikipedia. I found out the backstory, which was that someone like 4 floors below me had been caught making malicious edits to like 100 pages a day, while he was supposedly at work. So he got blocked by his IP, which also ensnared the entire rest of the building, and another building my company owned several blocks away.

Normally an IP address block does not exclude logged in users, although a stricter form is available that does (although its usage is relatively rare). So the first order of business is to actually create an account rather than making anonymous edits. Even if the strict form of the IP block is applied, you can ask an Administrator for an "IP block exemption" for your account, there's not usually a problem getting that, especially if you have a few reasonable edits on that account.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPBE

I think the accusation that they don't care that a hard IP block can block legitimate users is untrue - vandalism is a serious issue for Wikipedia, and there is little that identifies the source on the Internet. As crude and imperfect as it can be, the IP address, or ranges thereof, is often all there is.


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2293 times:

Usually info without cited sources are quickly removed, or you can flag it to be removed. If you are a registered user, you can "Talk" this and perhaps bring a lock to the page. Wiki is spoilt by many, but the staff try their best to keep info accurate. It would be easy to convince this to Wiki moderators.

[Edited 2010-08-04 22:46:51]


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3724 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Quoting JBAirwaysFan (Thread starter):
Not to mention they keep adding that NWA served DAB until the DL/NW merger (not true, NW metal never touched down in DAB for scheduled service since I've been alive).

One suggestion I can make about this (excluding the likely explanation, which is somebody just being an a-hole & wanting to sound smart) is that for many years, there was a Northwest logo sharing the post with CO's outside at curbside at DAB despite NW never flying there. Maybe somebody was screwed up & said "Oh, I remember seeing NW's logo there! They flew to DAB!", deciding to post it on the article.

Just a thought.



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