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> Wikipedia Blocks Qatar, "They vandalized us," say mean ol' admins
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post Mon 1st January 2007, 2:37pm
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Wikipedia Blocks Qatar
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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 ...
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post Mon 1st January 2007, 2:53pm
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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 Qatarese from editing the wiki. The ban has raised concerns about impartiality — the majority of Al Jazeera ...

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post Mon 1st January 2007, 4:41pm
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Wikipedia Blocks Qatar
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GrumpySimon writes "Wikipedia has blocked the entire country of Qatar from editing pages. ... Says the guy who uses a Wikipedia link to back up his assertions... ...
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Wikipedia Blocks Qatar
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 4:32am
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Qatar, home to nearly a million people, has been blocked from editing any entry on Wikipedia "due to a large volume of spam and vandalism."



http://larrykoz.newsvine.com/_news/2007/01...edia-bans-qatar
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 7:18am
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Wikipedia denies banning Qatar
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Qatar, being a one ISP country, suffered when Wikipedia's bots decided that the ISP's IP address should not be allowed to post because it was used for vandalism ...
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 7:33am
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THE ONLINE encyclopaedia Wikipedia has denied censoring the entire nation of Qatar for vandalism.

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 11:29am
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia bans anonymous posts from people in Qatar after repeated net vandalism.

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 12:28pm
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Wikipedia Bans Qatar Users Due To Net Vandalism
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West Palm Beach, FL (AHN) - Following repeated incidents of net vandalism, Web encyclopedia Wikipedia banned anonymous posts from users in Qatar. ...
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia bans anonymous posts from people in Qatar after repeated net vandalism.

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Wikipedia edit blackout for Qatar
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In an effort to stop "chronic vandalism and spam," Wikipedia administrators issued the block to a specific IP address assigned to Qatari ISP Qtel. ...
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 2:55pm
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They make it sound like Wikipedia blocked them from viewing it.

Wikipedia only blocked them from editing. Like you're going to die because you can't edit Wikipedia half a day.

Wikipedia has even gone down for hours on occassions (not that often, usually it's shorter)

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 2:40pm
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Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia has banned anonymous posts to its site from people in Qatar after repeated net vandalism. The ban hits everyone 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, 2:30pm
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Blog: For half a day, Wikipedia blocked the country of Qatar from making changes to the online encyclopedia.In an effort to stop "chronic...

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post Mon 1st January 2007, 2:43pm
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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 Tue 2nd January 2007, 4:43pm
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QUOTE(LamontStormstar @ Tue 2nd January 2007, 2:55pm) *

Wikipedia only blocked them from editing. Like you're going to die because you can't edit Wikipedia half a day.

To the real Wikijunkies, it's a hardship, especially since every time they try, they will get a message accusing them of being a vandal - how awful.
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I knew a website where the site owner waas kinda a nazi. He blocked all of France from viewing the site for years and years. He also moderated a gaming company's forum and if you expressed a viewpoint of a Democrat, he'd see your IP and ban it from viewing his website. People generally had to use proxies to view it.

Then on IRC before 2000 they always loved to ban all of AOL from their rooms.
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 6:34pm
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Interesting... I've heard stories like that too, though they were mostly about my Aunt Betty's Coffee Klatsch.

Maybe this is of less relevance to this news story than I think it is, but I've always been struck by the eagerness of WP'ers to cry "censorship" when someone wants an article or category deleted, and yet that word is rarely used in conjunction with banning people. And they've been slow to enable more sophisticated controls WRT blocking of users and IP's... I should think that blocks 'n' bans are a far more serious act of censorship than simply deleting an article or two. huh.gif
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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 6:30pm
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After a spate of article vandalism, the Wikipedia online encyclopedia effectively blocked anonymous posts from all Qatar just by banning a single IP address.

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post Tue 2nd January 2007, 8:51pm
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Wikipedia denies Qatar users subject to ban
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The founder of Wikipedia denied reports the online encyclopedia had banned users in Qatar from editing entries, saying users there were temporarily blocked ...
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