How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of Editors For Secretly Promoting Brands

'Wikipedia has banned a massive 381 editors after finding that these accounts were created to promote brands in return for being paid by companies.

A blog post by Wikipedia details the fact that it has been investigating for months in an attempt to find and delete the accounts created to create bogus articles to get cash.

The accounts, called "sock puppet" accounts, that were banned by Wikipedia's "CheckUser" team had been active between the months of April and August. However, the nature of the edits that were made suggests that the scam had been continuing for a long time, according to the post.

"During the course of this investigation, evidence has been identified that this group is editing for profit (i.e., that they are paid editors). Only a few of the accounts have made any disclosure related to paid editing, and those which did failed to make complete disclosures," says the post by Wikipedia. "The investigation began in early July. Many functionaries have participated in the investigation and identification of accounts, as well as the review of articles created by the accounts."

The way that it worked is that the accounts would create a draft of an article, populating it with promotional material. They would then contact their victims, the subjects of the article, and ask for a fee in order to publish the article, often posing as established Wikipedia editors. To keep the article from being edited or taken down, the scammers would often request monthly fees of around $30.

Of course, it's important to mention that paid editing is nothing new for Wikipedia. Wikimedia, the owner of Wikipedia, has been trying to stamp it out of practice for years, although in some cases it has tried to work with PR agencies. A number of PR agencies have even signed an agreement to abide by Wikipedia's practices. The real issue for Wikipedia is when the editing is being done in secret.

Wikipedia is currently encouraging users to review and fix articles created by scammers, with the hope that these articles will be fixed in as short an amount of time as possible. Wikipedia also encouraged editors to "be kind to subjects" of the articles, as they, too, were victims of the scam.'


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