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Are there any circumstances under which you would deface someone's Wikipedia page?

Asked by wundayatta (58568points) February 14th, 2011

Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist last night and a bunch of reprobates, presumably Justin Bieber fans, went and defaced her Wikipedia page. That’s one way to express your displeasure.

Why do people choose to do it this way? Why do people vandalize other items? What would it take for you to resort to vandalism, virtual or real, to get back at someone?

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SavoirFaire's avatar

Seeing how quickly most vandalism is reverted, I see virtually no reason to deface a page unless you are specifically trying to annoy Wikipedians. That’s the only thing it really accomplishes.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I don’t think most is to get back at someone, but rather to have fun.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SavoirFaire But not as quickly as Wikipedia says, unless it’s a really popular page.

Jeruba's avatar

No. I don’t understand vandalism of any kind.

I do recall responding to some Wikipedia vandalism, though. I was doing some research on ancient Greek deities. I came back to a page that had been fine only the preceding day and had since been defaced with some juvenile scatology. Immediately I started to draft a report to the editors, and before I even got it posted, the page was reverted to its clean form. Those guys are on their toes.

Ladymia69's avatar

Her page looks fine to me. What did they do to it?

Horny little girls can be so craaazaaaay!

YARNLADY's avatar

Never – I think that is the epitome of childish.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@ladymia69This is what they did, among other things.

YARNLADY's avatar

I get the same type of thing on the WikiAnswer site, where I am a moderator.

Ladymia69's avatar

Heh, I think it’s sort of funny. Annoying, of course, but you’re always going to have people subverting the wikis.

I am so sure those pink nailpolish-wearin’, prepubescent Justin Beiber sycophantettes were just heartbroken…and of course, teenage horniness can quickly turn to maliciousness. If memory serves…

SavoirFaire's avatar

The odd thing is that winning Best New Artist is the kiss of death for a career, so really his fans should be rejoicing. It’s like the Punxsutawney Phil of awards: losing means three more years of Bieber.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SavoirFaire Huh, interesting. Why does it work that way? And what does that do to Esperanza Spalding, who is so new that absolutely no one has heard of her, and thus doesn’t (yet) have a career?

iLove's avatar

This answer is only half-related, but it’s the social section! I have been wondering what all this hype is about this Justin kid. So I sat down and watched the Grammys. As an adult fan of 80s and 90s pop, I figured judging him without a reason was fruitless so I watched his performance. REALLY? That’s it? Another processed kid singing some processed songs.

The sad part is, the kids who like these [semi-talented] artists are obviously raised thinking that criticism and hatred is the norm and that there is no such thing as, “Good job to the other person who won, maybe next time I will win…” no, these kids attacked Justin Beiber’s girlfriend as well, sending tweets saying, “Die Selena, die” and other fun stuff. They have such immediate access to these outlets that it is quite scary. No time to think about the repercussions, if any.

I am really sad for this “On Demand” generation who think that hatred and criticism is the best answer.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs No idea, but it seems to be a historical trend. Even the artists who don’t go away wind up seeing their careers stagnate. Winning the award has not always turned out to be a curse, but it’s common enough for there to be a music industry superstition regarding it.

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