While trolling the deepest, darkest, most vile racist parts of the Internet, as I am wont to do looking around for new Holocaust denial idiocy to take down, I came across something unexpected, so unexpected that it made me curious. Basically, Bill White, Commander of the American National Socialist Workers’ Party, apparently annoyed that he can’t edit Wikipedia pages to conform to his racist views, proposed a strategy for “destroying” Wikipedia. Apparently, according to white racists, Wikipedia is full of “Jewish bias,” whatever that means.
I’m sure there must be Wikipedians out there. (Heck, I’ve thought of starting to help out editing Wikipedia pages on cancer and alternative medicine myself, although I admit that, in the case of alternative medicine, keeping the neutral voice might be difficult; I can do it, though.) Is there anything to this idea? Could it work? My tendency was to think that it probably wouldn’t work and that White probably isn’t the first one to have thought of this.
It just goes to show, though, that there are cranks, even dangerous cranks, always out there trying to undermine Wikipedia, which is just one reason that I’ve always cast a very skeptical eye at Wikipedia articles involving anything but the most straighforward, uncontroversial information.