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Wikipedia Owners Back Down on Ban of Veteran Administrator Following Editor Revolt

After the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, took the unprecedented action of banning a veteran administrator from the site for a year, the site’s editing community revolted with mass resignations and repeated efforts to overturn Wikimedia’s actions. The Foundation, at the urging of its board, has relented by referring the ban back to the Wikipedia community-elected Arbitration Committee for review.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia Editors Revolt over Site’s Ban of Veteran Administrator

In an unprecedented move mid-June, the foundation that owns Wikipedia banned one of the site’s long-time administrators for one year over unspecified complaints of harassment. Many of the site’s most influential users accused the Wikimedia Foundation of undermining the editorial independence of the traditionally self-regulating online encyclopedia and called for the ban to be lifted, including by attempting to remove the ban themselves.

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

‘Fan-Trusted’ Fandom Briefly Bans Term ‘SJW’ from Its Wiki Sites

Fandom, which hosts fan-run wiki sites on the Wikia domain, briefly banned the term “SJW,” an abbreviation of “Social Justice Warrior,” across its sites. Contributors to any Fandom-hosted wikis who used the term or any term containing the letters together, such as in a quotation, were unable to complete their edits. The ban was in place for several days before it was apparently lifted.

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Five of the Best Examples of Left-wing Bias on Wikipedia in 2017

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes the Wikipedia model can help salvage journalistic integrity, but in the year since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, the online encyclopedia has instead proven unable to even restrain its own biased editing community.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, pictured in 2016, hopes to tackle fake news with WikiTribune