The Pirate Hoax

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Dec 23, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's commentary on this in various places, including behind the Chronicle's subscription wall, but Michael Feldstein summarizes the case quite well. Basically, a professor had his students create a fake Wikipedia page to show that it could be done, and then made sure the Chronicle knew that Wikipedia is (consequently) unreliable. Feldstein: "By deliberately planting a hoax article-and inviting the Chronicle to write about how he and his students got away with it-he deliberately infected the entire garden with a credibility bug... what he did was malicious and showed a careless disregard for the effort that Wikipedians put in." See also Michael Korkuska.
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