Helen Clark gets Wikipedia protection

The Wikipedia entry on Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, has been semi-protected. Ok, so who cares you ask? Well Newstalk ZB and One News to name a couple.

Vandalism, as it goes on Wikipedia, happens all the time. If too much vandalism occurs on one particular page in a short period of time, the page is protected from anonymous users or newly registered users from editing it. This is what happened, I assume, on Clark’s page.

Not newsworthy.

And the One News article says something interesting, “John Howard denies removing potentially damaging details from his Wikipedia site.” – so what is it called? Howapedia?!

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1 Response to “Helen Clark gets Wikipedia protection”


  1. 1 David Gerard August 28, 2007 at 10.46 am

    I get media calls like this *all the time* – it’s one of the standard press calls that I can almost answer in a recording. Answer points go something like:

    * Articles are protected or semiprotected for as short a time as possible. Everything we have, we got by being as open as possible, and there are people who keep an eye on that.
    * Politician articles are a favourite target for people being silly.
    * – go through the history of the particular article.
    * Suggest people look at history tabs.
    * It’s a live working draft, just written by people. Keep that in mind and you’re fine.

    etc.


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