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    Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

    Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

    Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in favor of the move, which takes effect immediately.

    The eighth most popular site on the web, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit."

    Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology • The Register

    What do you think? Should Wikipedia have gotten involved, or should they have maintained their position as the free encyclopedia anyone can edit?
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    It's the best thing to happen to Wikipedia and the internet. Honestly, the church of Scientology is so ridiculous. Of course, if they are going to ban the Church of Scientology, they should also ban PLENTY of other useless things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavenecko View Post
    It's the best thing to happen to Wikipedia and the internet. Honestly, the church of Scientology is so ridiculous. Of course, if they are going to ban the Church of Scientology, they should also ban PLENTY of other useless things.
    How do you feel about freedom of speech?
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    How do you feel about freedom of speech?
    it's way overrated

  5. Yep, Wikipedia made the right decision there. This is the fourth Scientology-related Wikicourtcase... They should have banned them a long time ago.

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    Wikipedia ultimately has the final word on who edits/accesses their site. They just shouldn't tout freedom of speech and information if they're going to suddenly become selective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

    Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in favor of the move, which takes effect immediately.

    The eighth most popular site on the web, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit."

    Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology • The Register

    What do you think? Should Wikipedia have gotten involved, or should they have maintained their position as the free encyclopedia anyone can edit?
    If they allowed the church of Scientology members to use numbers to ensure propaganda rather than balanced information to appear, then there was absolutely nothing else that wiki could have done to ensure that others will not use it as an encouragement to do the same thing with their own pages, their friends' pages etc. I can also see Wiki sweatshops all over the world.

    If they don't take a strong stand like this, Wiki will be just another linkfarm.
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