Sachin’s Double Century and Wikipedia Vandalism
I was excited watching the master blaster scoring the double century and becoming the first person to do so in ODI cricket. I rushed to my system to share my joy with the nettisons. It was then I saw a post by Hiran in facebook saying:
Some one added 225* as sachins score in wikipedia!
I just went through the link, but it was not there. But to my astonishment, found something else interesting.
So, there is no chance for it to be correct; atleast for team India. I tried to undo that change and came upto this new word: Vandalism.
Lets look what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia.
Don’t know whether this is wiki specific meaning; but was a new word to me.
After a few seconds, here comes another change.
This was just a beginning. Then came a creative edit by some Indian fan.
Sachin in tri-color. Its nice creative idea, but not suitable for a place like Wikipedia
What satisfaction does people get by seeing their name in a popular wiki page for just a few secs or may be minutes? Here is a sample of the revisions happening for the page at that time.
Okay, now it seems fine.
But then came these…
By that, I was tired and left the job of undoing the changes to someone else who will find hapiness in doing so. I might have missed many other similar changes due to my slow connection too(It tooks about more than a minute for me to reload the page). But, my question is why? A non profitable organization helping us to get all the information for free, who should people tamper with it?
The page normally had 3 to 4 edits per day, but at this particular 2 hour duration; from 4PM to 6PM IST, there were more than 300 changes made. Does anyone gets the benefit of these edits? The only thing I knew would have happened was the lose of time of people like me who love Wikipedia. I was eager to check the details of the edits and from where they came, but its exam time and I didn’t perform well in the one that was over today. So, going back to studies…
The page I was mentioning till now was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_One_Day_International_cricket_records If you are eager to know, just go and check out.