Friday, December 14, 2007

German politician flames Wikipedia, then reverts

A little over a week ago, the SMH reprinted a Reuters report about criminal charges filed against the German version of Wikipedia by a left-wing German politician, Katina Schubert, over what she considered to be the excessive use of Nazi symbolism, especially on the site's page on the Hitler Youth.

Fortunately, by the time the Oz and Yahoo!7News picked up the story, Schubert's party - Die Linke- had made it clear that she did not have their support in bringing the charge, which she promptly dropped, although not before claiming a victory for beginning the "debate".

I'm starting to think we need some kind of award for naive attacks on Wikipedia. Any suggestions for a title?

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