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Wikipedia shutters 250 accounts in probe of paid edits

Online encyclopedia reveals it banned hundreds of accounts as part of an investigation into "suspicious edits and sockpuppetry" that promoted organizations or products.

By October 21, 2013


Wikipedia honcho caught in scandal quits, defends paid edits

High-placed editors at Wikipedia's U.K. site were caught in a simmering paid-PR scandal. After news broke, one resignation and a little backpedaling has done little to solve the problem.

By September 22, 2012


Corruption in Wikiland? Paid PR scandal erupts at Wikipedia

A Wikipedia trustee and a Wikipedian In Residence have been editing the online encyclopedia on behalf of PR clients. Add the discovery of an SEO business run on the side, and this tempest is out of its teapot.

By September 18, 2012


Wikipedians backlash against Search Engine Land article

Manipulating Wikipedia could land you in a world of hurt

By July 2, 2007


Wikipedia community grapples with changes

For the first time, the free encyclopedia's English version will soon require editors' approval before edits to articles on living persons go live. It's probably not the end of life as we know it.

By August 26, 2009


The 404 388: Where there's a Tesla coil in the room

Somehow we make it past the wild Tesla coil in the room to bring you an awesome (if not kind of late) show! Today we show you how to self destruct your private data, discuss how 3D is totally lame, and why we think Jon Stewart should run for president.

By July 23, 2009


Michael Jackson's death roils Wikipedia

Scores of users insert reports of Michael Jackson's death into entries about him in the online encyclopedia, which are deleted, re-inserted, and deleted again.

By June 25, 2009


The 404 270: Where we better have a wiki page by the end of this show

The 404 is a big supporter of open-source information, so we invite our buddy Nic Hill, director of 'Truth in Numbers: the Wikipedia Story,' to shed some light on the site and its ongoing controversy.

By February 2, 2009


Deconstructing Wikipedia at the Berkman Center

Harvard Law and Berkman Center scholar Yochai Benkler and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales deconstruct Wikipedia and discuss Internet-inspired peer production models.

By May 15, 2008


Wikipedia planning to survey its members to figure out why they post

Wikipedia contributors go under the microscope with an upcoming survey from the service's creators.

By January 24, 2008