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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 9:30pm
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Wikipedia Did Not Ban Qatar (Not Exactly)
WebProNews, KY - 12 minutes ago
Wikipedia founder Jim Wales wants everybody to know that he or his editing team did not ban the entire country of Qatar. While he shouts that correction to ...
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 9:30pm
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Wikipedia founder Jim Wales wants everybody to know that he or his editing team did not ban the entire country of Qatar. While he shouts that correction to the zealous blogosphere, we are suddenly chilled at David Utter's proclamation that the Scoop is dead. So how many times can you cry wolf in the blogosphere before the wolf comes back and bites you when nobody's looking anymore? So far, it ...

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 7:43pm
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Wikipedia rushes to clarify reports of Qatar ban
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By Angus Kidman. Wikipedia has rushed to dispute reports that it inadvertently blocked the entire country of Qatar from making any changes to the popular ...
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 9:27pm
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Officials say the IP address of Qatar was briefly blocked from editing, not from viewing, the site because of a burst of spam or vandalism.

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 6:42pm
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Wikipedia Temporarily Bans Qatar
Digitaltrends.com, OR - 4 hours ago
By Geoff Duncan. On its surface, Wikipedia seems like a tremendous thing: create a globally accessible online encyclopedia, constantly expanded, updated, ...
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 9:21pm
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia temporarily banned anonymous posts to its site from people in Qatar after repeated reports of net vandalism. The 12-hour ban hit large numbers of people in the country because all web traffic in Qatar is routed through a single net address.

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 10:56pm
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Now, to me, this sort of thing, where Jimbo tries to tell the press that "nothing really happened" and "the real story is that we actually don't keep IP addresses blocked for very long" is just plain sad. He should own up to the system's flaws and do something about them, not try to spin them out of existence in the media... And they accuse their detractors and critics of being "whiners"? Ask not for whom the bell tolls, O Faithful Ones!

Also, this reporter also seems to be coming around to a state of "cluefulness" towards the end:

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...Anonymous editing, especially on sensitive topics (the BBC reports the vandals in this case targeted entries on the US, sex, and Muhammad's birthday), should be revisited to decide if that's really the way to go.

The wikiality of it is, though Wales believes "anonymous editing rocks," that while anonymity removes the fear of speaking, it also removes accountability.

But hey, he forgot all about fear of reprisal!
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 3:25am
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Wikipedia temporary Qatar ban
AME Info, United Arab Emirates - 25 minutes ago
Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia banned for 12 hours anonymous posts to its site from Qatar after reports of net vandalism, the BBC reported. ...
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 3:31am
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia banned for 12 hours anonymous posts to its site from Qatar after reports of net vandalism, the BBC reported. Wikipedia says pages about the US, sex and the birthday of the prophet Muhammad were vandalised.

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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 5:12am
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That's because Mediawiki software can only CheckUser for IPs and doesn't track other headers. It doesn't try to read a MAC address (anyone know how a site can do that? I've heard it needs Java or Shockwave).

Finally, they started doing some better CheckUser improvements....

http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8290


Generally people can evade bans. Even without proxies, they can just use a different ISP.


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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 5:43am
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Wikipedia 'Qatar ban temporary'
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 9:00pm
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Officials say the IP address of Qatar was briefly blocked from editing, not from viewing, the site because of a burst of spam or vandalism.

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Wikipedia Denies Blocking Qatar
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Web encyclopedia, Wikipedia was recently reported to have banned Qatar from posting entries on the open source website, but it turns out that the reports ...
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 7:41am
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WIKIPEDIA, the online encyclopedia written by the public, has banned users based in Qatar from posting anonymously after repeated incidents of ``vandalism,’’ the BBC reported, citing residents of the Gulf state.

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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 4:39am
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GrumpySimon writes "Wikipedia has blocked the entire country of Qatar from editing pages. Whilst the ban is due to spam-abuse coming from the IP address in question, the fact that this belongs to the country's sole high-speed internet provider has the unintended consequence of stopping Qataris from editing the wiki. The ban has raised concerns about impartiality — the majority of Al Jazeera ...

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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 10:43am
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QUOTE(Somey @ Tue 2nd January 2007, 10:56pm) *

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it also removes accountability.

But hey, he forgot all about fear of reprisal!

That's a subtle distinction. There's not much point in accountability if it doesn't come with teeth.
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 10:48am
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QUOTE(LamontStormstar @ Wed 3rd January 2007, 5:12am) *

Generally people can evade bans. Even without proxies, they can just use a different ISP.

Or they get an ISP that keeps changing your IP.
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 10:57am
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Wikipedia blocks Qatar uses 4 times since November
Jerusalem Post, Israel - 22 minutes ago
By AP. Web encyclopedia Wikipedia has inadvertently blocked people in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar from posting on its Web at least four times since November ...
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post Wed 3rd January 2007, 11:17am
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia, which blocked anonymous Qatari editors from posting on its site for 12 hours yesterday, has confirmed that this policy was only temporary and not an intentional country-wide ban.

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Wikipedia shuts out Qatar
PC Pro, UK - 49 minutes ago
Wikipedia's administrators took the unprecedented step of blocking an entire country's access to the collaborative encyclopaedia after a spate of acts of cyber ...
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