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How To Crash Wikipedia

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | July 6, 2010 at 11:00AM

Mashable reports that on the 4th of July, Wikipedia — "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" — went down for a number of hours.

There's been a lot of speculation about how this happened, but I think I've stumbled up on the answer.

Someone edited the entry for "Wikipedia" on Wikipedia to read like this:

Wikipedia is NOT a free,[3] web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

Unable to process the definition of itself, the site immediately crashed.

A similar incident happened in 2005 when a prankster changed the site's entry to read "Wikipedia is my balls," and the entire site became replaced with an image of my balls.

That time it wasn't reported that the site had "gone down."  Instead, it had "been sacked."

From Around the Web

Encyclopedia Dramatica Might Face Charges

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | March 17, 2010 at 4:00PM

As reported by 9 News:

"The US-based owner of a satirical Wikipedia-style website may be charged under Australian law over a deliberately offensive article about Aborigines.

The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) contacted Encyclopedia Dramatica owner Joseph Evers, after 20 indigenous Australians complained about the article's content.  […]

'This is an initial investigation into charging me, personally, with the violation of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act,' Evers wrote."

He probably should have seen this coming.  That Encyclopedia Dramatic has been nothing but trouble.

Just look what they have to say about Tosh.0:

"The soon to be canceled show humps the leg of the internets and sucks dry everything that btards hold dear instead of honing a skill or talent."

Ha.  That's actually not a bad bit.  I might have to steal that.

But the moral of the story is that the Bill of Rights only guarantees freedom of speech in America.  It doesn't apply to everywhere the Internet goes.  And apparently, the Internet goes to Australia now.  Who knew?

Know what that means?  It's time to rewrite that stoopid Bill of Rights!

Problem solved.

Life Before Google

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | February 19, 2010 at 3:00PM

"Damn shame"?  What's really a damn shame is that we don't get information the old fashioned way anymore!

I mean, I get the joke, and it's funny, but it's not true.

Back in the 80s, if you wanted more information on something, you just went to your local grocery store and bought the grocery store encyclopedia.  Who made those things?  Funk & Wagnalls?

You just had to keep your fingers crossed that they had the letter you were looking for in stock that day.  I vaguely remember part of the scam being that they would slowly reveal the encyclopedia letter by letter to make sure you'd keep coming back.  Or they'd have like a "featured letter" and there'd be 30 copies of "J-K" but "Sa-Se" would be totally gone.  Good luck learning the population of Senegal on that day!

So obviously, I can't remember all the grocery store encyclopedia details, but I'll be damned if I'm going to Google it to figure it out.  That would defeat the purpose of this rant!

[via The Daily What]