Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hacking Wikipedia

Here is an interesting way to play with Wikipedia. Since anyone can edit the encyclopedia at any time, it lures "hackers" to edit the page that is the "Main Page of the Day" on the encyclopedia's home page.

Today's entry on the Cat's Eye Nebula has two short sentences inserted in the "General Information" section that are clearly not part of the definition of the nebula. It says:

"F*****g and s*****g is a very well studied planetary phenomena. It is relatively enjoyable by people of all ages at magnitude 8.1" (no stars in the original posting)

Since the web page can be edited instantly by anyone, this sentence will probably be erased almost immediately. But, it does provide a little notoriety to the hacker-of-the-Wiki-day.

Wiki programmers might address this problem by making the main page entries non-editable while they are on the feature page. Or they might do nothing. It will be interesting to see how much they are willing to tolerate.

Screenshot of the Hacked Article (grainy)
The Hacked Article on Wiki: Cat's Eye Nebula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

6 Comments:

Blogger Roger Smith said...

This article on Hacking Wikipedia was posted at 9:23AM EDT. By 9:33AM, the hack of the Wiki page was noticed by someone, the offending text was removed, and the original content restored.

This is a great testament to the speed with which Wiki articles can be repaired.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Poker said...

http://www.pokkers.org

the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with
fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded
to the player or players with the best combination of cards or to the player who makes
an uncalled bet. Poker can also refer to video poker, a single-player game seen in
casinos much like a slot machine, or to other games that use poker hand rankings.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous pregnancy said...

http://www.pregnancy.net.in

The period during which a developing fetus is carried within the uterus. In humans, pregnancy
averages 266 days (38 weeks) from conception to childbirth. Traditionally, pregnancy duration
is counted from the woman's last menstrual period, which adds roughly 2 weeks to gestational
age. This is how physicians arrive at a pregnancy length of 40 weeks (280 days).

9:33 PM  
Anonymous flowers said...

http://www.flowers-shop.org

In modern times, people have sought ways to cultivate, buy, wear, or just be around
flowers and blooming plants, partly because of their agreeable smell. Around the world,
people use flowers for a wide range of events and functions that, cumulatively, encompass
one's lifetime

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Women said...

http://www.women1.org/

a woman, or the feminine in men and women, seeks to share deep awareness of the world
in a sacralized communion. the presence of soft candle light, wild flowers, and the
rituals of dressing for the occasion are simply metaphors acknowledged and “lived out”
in honor of the moment. in honor of life. in honor of shared awareness of the infinite
in a moment.

9:34 PM  
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4:53 AM  

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