Much has been written about Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia entry. Today’s New York Times reports on edits made by a Wikipedia user who picked the user name YoungTrigg (Ms. Palin’s infant son is named Trig) and later self-identified himself or herself as “a volunteer for the McCain campaign, . . . ” YoungTrigg’s edits were later revised by Ferrylodge, “a lawyer who has contributed to Wikipedia for years and describes himself as a independent-minded Republican, . . . ”
Last year, a graduate student, Virgil Griffith, created a clever Web site, WikiScanner, that made it easy to detect where anonymous editors of Wikipedia were accessing the site. In the process, companies, government agencies and, yes, politicians were caught in the act of spiffing up their Wikipedia entries . . .