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Wikipedia is a website that purports itself to be an encyclopaedia for dissemination of information. It promotes itself as “the sum of all knowledge”.

However, most of the times the information on Wikipedia is inaccurate, misleading, fabricated and forged. According to New York Post article written by Steve Cuozzo entitled ‘Don’t trust anything on Wikipedia’ the site is misleading. He writes “It’s no secret Wikipedia’s often bonkers. Teachers warn students, and editors warn reporters. Even so, the myth endures that it’s a viable research tool that “usually” gets it right, even if a touch of skepticism occasionally comes in handy.” As per the Canadian website Global Research Wikipedia is clearly a biased propaganda. The site quotes “Wikipedia articles are more propaganda than they are historical accounts. And, often, their cited sources are misleading, or even false”.[1][2]

In other words...it skinks

Questionable policies[edit]

Wikipedia has several questionable and counter-productive policies in place that appear to contradict with their alleged mission[3] and/or designed to mislead users.

Deletionism[edit]

Encyclopaedic dementia

Wikipedia has several criteria for speedy deletion.[4]

If any of those criteria are met, any Wikipedia administrator (also known as “sysop”) is allowed to erase the article right away, as opposed to the one-week grace period of an article ordinarily nominated for deletion, usually because of being out-of-scope for Wikipedia. This 7-day grace period can be used by editors of alternative wikis of whose scope the article is within, to import (rescue) the article to the knowledge pool of the more fitting alternative wiki.

Although some of the criteria for speedy deletion are reasonable (e.g. for spam prevention and personal safety), others can do more damage than good and lead to the unreasonable loss of knowledge, works and contributions into oblivion.[5]

Although administrators have the option to decide against a deletion despite of given criteria, that only ever happens rarely.

WP:G13 – Deletion after six months of inactivity[edit]

The speedy deletion policy “WP:G13” states that any article in the Draft: name space that has not been edited during the last six months is eligible for deletion, regardless of its contents.[6]

This rule has been criticized for potentially leading to the loss of legitimate knowledge.[7]

WP:G5 - Delete articles by users evading a block, no matter the content[edit]

Speedy deletion criterion G5 states that any content, including legitimate articles, correct redirects and useful templates, that is suspected to have been created by someone who has previously been suspended, is eligible for deletion.[8]

The IAR trap[edit]

The Wikipedia policy “Ignore All Rules” states that if a rule prevents a user from improving Wikipedia, the user can feel free to ignore it.[9]

This misleading rule logically implies includingly that a user is allowed to circumvent an account suspension instead of going through a mentally draining block appeal process before being able to improve Wikipedia again.

In reality, a user misled into circumventing a block will get blocked again, lose talk page access for mild criticism, and receive an additional punishment of having all their content erased, regardless of contentual legitimacy.

This is contrary to Wikipedia's alleged purpose[3], the behavioural policy “Assume good faith”[10] and the supposedly widely accepted constructive mindset:

Administrative sanctions against editors are not punitive, and imposed solely to prevent harm to the encyclopedia.[11]

Events and incidents[edit]

This section documents historical events and incidents on Wikipedia.

Bbb23 CheckUser revocation[edit]

On June 18th 2020, the administrator Bbb23 lost his CheckUser privileges for abusive conduct.

Bbb23 has been having CheckUser privileges since 2015 and plain administrator privileges since 2012.

References[edit]


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