That Wikipedia Is a Seething Mass of Self-serving Edits Comes as a Surprise to Some: Now Wikimedia should please provide a list of Wikipedia admin IDs along with corporate or organizational IP numbers they are known to have logged in from
See Wired's Vote On the Most Shameful Wikipedia Spin Jobs -- UPDATED for what's causing all the Buzz:
Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith just launched an unofficial Wikipedia search tool that threatens to lay bare the ego-editing and anonymous flacking on the site. Enter the name of a corporation, organization or government entity and you get a list of IP addresses assigned to it. Then with one or two clicks, you can see all the anonymous edits made from those addresses anywhere in Wikipedia's pages.
But Wikipedia is not ruled by people who edit without logging in. This is for the most part just drive-by stuff. [redacted 8/29/07 as a favor to an admin I'd singled out for criticism]
It's very nice of Virgil Griffith to out all of the corporate connections associated with interesting edits from anonymous IP#s.
Now we want the admin list. Never mind gossip about whether one prominent admin was responsible many years ago for getting the ABC offices raided by Scottland Yard. We don't need to need to know their names or CVs.
Wikimedia should please provide a list of Wikipedia admin IDs along with corporate or organizational IP numbers they are known to have logged in from. That's where the real story of Wikipedia manipulation by corporate and organizational interests is.
It is the admins, after all, who arbitrate Wikipedia conflict of interest disputes, and nearly all do so at present pseudonymously without disclosing their own connections. It seems to me that they lack the moral authority to do so.