Wikipedia Lamest edit wars

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From time to time, Wikipedia’s contributors have waded into bloody, internecine battles over the online encyclopedia’s entries. This is collection of funny edit wars.


In true Wiki-fashion, a special page now exists to catalog the nastiest and most trivial of them all. From the page:
Occasionally, Wikipedians lose their minds and get into edit wars over the most petty things. This is to document that phenomenon. This page isn’t comprehensive or authoritative, but it is designed to show the “worst-case” result of people attaching so much importance to some trivial detail that they are willing to engage in the lame pastime of edit warring over an even lamer cause. Back in the good old days, people settled this sort of thing with a gunfight. Now they do it by screwing with an encyclopedia. Truly, the Wikipedia outlook has changed the way things get done. Specifically, it has changed them from actually getting done to never getting done. On the other hand, nobody gets shot, either.

Here are few, I think quite funny:

  • “Did Daffy Duck father any children?” (Or maybe that should be: any ducklings? Eek!)
  • André the Giant – Was he 7’1″? 7’4″? 6’10”? Was his height even consistent during his entire career? He’s tall, just leave it at that.

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

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