Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology
Wikipedia has banned edits to its articles from the Church of Scientology, which Wikipedia accuses of altering editable content to push its own agenda. This is the first time such a high-profile organization has been banned from the site.
The Church of Scientology has not commented; it's unclear whether those editing were acting under orders from higher up in the group, or acting on their own, but a certain degree of organization was apparent.
Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in favor of the move, which takes effect immediately.
The case is the confluence of perceived neutrality, sock-puppeting, and ban evasion.
One admin tells The Reg that policing edits from Scientology machines has been particularly difficult because myriad editors sit behind a small number of IPs and, for some reason, the address of each editor is constantly changing. This prevents admins from determining whether a single editor is using multiple Wikipedia accounts to game the system. In Wikiland, such sockpuppeting is not allowed.