Naked short selling drama retold
Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth – “[T]here was an Wikinvestigation. And a Wikicourtcase. Like we said, Wikimadness.” Patrick Byrne has been waging a battle against naked short selling for some years, and together with Judd Bagley, he has accused financial journalist Gary Weiss of gaming Wikipedia to discredit his views on naked shorting. Bagley has been banned from editing, but Byrne and Bagley have accused Weiss of editing Wikipedia under various accounts. When there was “significant evidence that tied these accounts to a real-life identity”, there was an investigation, and after further sockpuppetry, the madness was put to an end.
Other recent mentions in the online media include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica To Follow Modified Wikipedia Model – A new, interactive version of Encyclopaedia Britannica will have expert-contributed content, user-created content and the Encyclopaedia itself.
- Wikipedia’s Co-Founder Wants to Make It More Useful to Academe – Jimmy Wales says that Wikipedia entries are “remarkably better” than what they were several years ago, and says that a flagged revisions feature “could be cited more comfortably by an academic”.
- Government buffing Prentice’s Wikipedia entry – Edits to the Wikipedia article on Jim Prentice, Canada’s Minister of Industry, from within Industry Canada were discovered by Michael Geist.
From the Wikipedia Signpost.