04-05-05

the wiki boards open for spam, viruses and porn

We are sometimes thinking, why these viruses send infected pc's to those kind of bulletin boards ? Easy because there is no control whatever on some of them, even no registration.
 
This is the case with WIKI.  when I posted wiki + edit in Google, it came up with 9 million and more requests.
 
some you can edit without any registration and I would have hidden myself after a proxy (find them at www.securingit.tk  than they wouldn't know who was it.
 
some open wiki's to try are 
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki
 
an example is the book of lessig was released as a wiki but if you go today, the only thing you see as a westerner are blocks http://blogspace.com/freeculture/Main_Page  that go to some site in vietnam I think http://www.seo88.com/chanpinquming/  but I am sure that wasn't the intention of the persion that published the whole book as a wiki with the idea of improving the book by collective input. http://wikipedia.sourceforge.net/  has a whole collection of portals for books, encyclopedia and dictionaries.
 
and than there is something weird with this wiki idea of letting anybody change anything.
They have for example the report of leaked official documents that you can edit
http://wikisource.org/wiki/US_Army_15-6_Report_of_Abuse_o...
well, as a test, I have changed the following in the beginning, but I could change anything I wanted in the text .................
 
1. (U) On 19 January 2004, Lieutenant General (LTG) Ricardo S. Sanchez (and if I change this in for example mister colorado, the neighbour I hate, would you know ?) 
 
so how do you know this text is real. I even could change public addresses or texts from authors. If I would I could input words, comments, insults in texts.........
 
The problem is not that people can add comments, the problem is not that they can do it without autorization, the problem is that they can do it in the text itself and that the comments and proposed changes are not seperated from the text itself.
 
Let's take another test. I have changed the text in the wicktionary for dutch the definition of the wicktionary itself to (translated  'completely not trustful and incomplete' dictionary).
 
http://nl.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary
Wiktionary; een samenwerkingsproject met als doel het produceren van een vrij totaal onbetrouwbaar en onvolledig woordenboek en thesaurus in elke taal.
 
I think I have made my point.
 
This wiki will be shit very soon because it bypass the editor (and for the same reason bloggers are reporters but not journalists, they report things but they don't have the necessary journalistic checks and responsabilities that journalists should have).
 
and why would spammers like wiki's ? Well, if you want a high ranking in Google, you need links, so if you could put links to your site to any wiki (and automate it) than you can have hundreds of links to your site and a higher ranking (so more visits, more adviews and more money).
 
in fact, this wiki thing is happy stoned hippy stuff, everybody is nice, everybody loves everybody and everybody is smart and everybody just want to work for the common good.
 
kill wiki's, kill the hype, get back the editors, help us survive the information overload
 
 update : the 19th of may (so 2 weeks after the changes, the first text was changed, but the wikipedia was changed back after 5 hours the same day (but the change was so obvious....) and it was with the help of a robot
 
 
 
 

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