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Wikipedia editor lies, nobody cares

Rogers Cadenhead reports on a Wikipedia editor who deliberately lied about his background on his bio page, and then convinced the New Yorker that the lies were the truth. (The magazine wound up having to print a correction.) He then admitted to the lie and was hired by Jimbo Wales at Wikia anyway. When I look at some of the people who run Wikipedia (like its founder), I am more amazed than ever at its success and level of quality.


  1. I agree completely– it has succeeded in spite of itself. However, I wonder if it may eventually be destroyed by Wales as he tries to cash in.

  2. I found out after posting that he was promoted by Wales to the Wikipedia arbitration committee after admitting the lie. Nice accountability.

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