Fri 28th September 2007, 8:25am
QUOTE(guy @ Fri 28th September 2007, 8:00am)
Alas, that sort of vandalism is not uncommon.
Yes, the case of "Sinbad", who had his death declared, has already been covered on this forum
The problem is, people dismiss this kind of thing on WP all the time as mere vandalism. "Oh, it's just some vandal", "it was cleaned up the next day", "big deal".
Sorry, but that just ain't good enough. Especially not when it applies to a biography.
I've got a real horror story about a repeatedly proclaimed death on WP that makes me too mad to divulge in detail - involving a front page WP news story linking to a bio that they refused to protect - me howling relentlessly before they idiotically protected the "wrong version" - with all manner of potential implications in the real world. This wasn't a lesser known figure like Collins either. Far, far from it. When I complained again on the admins noticeboard I was told by patronising damn-fool-admins to "relax" and that I was "too precious about the article!" - "This kind of thing happens, it's a wiki, maaaan". And it sat at the top of the google search announcing the subject's false demise all the while. Shameful irresponsibility.
Another story to go into the book: