The Journal Sentinel Reports on Wikipedia

by kelly

Kind of interesting.

Two Milwaukee-based Lake Michigan passenger/ferry boat services are in the middle of a trade war. . . on Wikipedia.

Somebody, stop the madness!

Web Wars Ensnarl Ferries

Since March, a Wikipedia article about the Milwaukee-based ferry has been altered repeatedly to emphasize the vessel’s cancellations, delays, mechanical problems and passengers’ seasickness – and to link to a Web site that compared the Lake Express unfavorably to the competing S.S. Badger.

Meanwhile, the Badger has the opposite issue: Wikipedia recently flagged a glowing article about the 53-year-old ferry for possible copyright violations, because some of its wording appeared identical to that of the Badger’s own Web site. That article has since been revised to eliminate the suspect passages.

Wikipedia lake ferry entry has lots of back-and-forth  

Wiki wackiness continued Monday, after the Journal Sentinel reported that a Wikipedia article on the Lake Express high-speed ferry had been changed to emphasize negative information.

In the hours after the Journal Sentinel article first appeared on the JSOnline Web site, the online encyclopedia’s Lake Express entry was changed another 21 times before a Wikipedia administrator erected electronic shields around articles on both the high-speed ferry and its older rival, the S.S. Badger.

One anonymous user even boosted the top speed of the Lake Express from 40 mph to 140 mph and shortened the length of its trips between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich., from 2 1/2 hours to half an hour. The same person undid those changes a minute later.

By late Monday afternoon, almost all negative information had been removed from the article and Wikipedia had blocked anonymous users from making any more changes to the entry. Regular users still have access.

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