• Report: #188032

Complaint Review: Wikipedia

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  • Submitted: Sat, April 22, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, April 27, 2006

  • Reported By:Tulsa Oklahoma
Wikipedia
wikipedia.org Internet U.S.A.

Wikipedia rips off ideas and is deceptive in it's practices. Internet

*Consumer Suggestion: Seriously

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*Consumer Comment: I forgive Wikipedia

*Consumer Comment: Wikipedia -- Collaborative Work

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Hello.It is said that we learn by our mistakes,and the mistake that I made I would like to share here.I was a contributor to the Wikipedia, the so called encyclopedia that anybody can edit. But little did I know that my contributions were going to be stolen from me, rewritten, and I would have no say so in the matter.

I contributed to a certain article,the facts that I contributed were not told in the article up to that point.I went back on there a few hours later, and found them deleted. I then rentered them,only to find them gone again.So,I figured that OK,they didn't want those facts entered and forgot about it.But,a few days later,I found that a Wikipedia editor had taken my facts,added a bunch of hogwash to them,and reposted it.I was enraged,and quickly removed it.

They then put it back.I tried removing it again,and received a warning that if I were to remove stuff from the Wikipedia,I risk becoming banned.I was very enraged.They stole from me! I want to also expose another deception that they practice. They claim that anybody can edit the Wikipedia,but they don't mention this key fact. Everything that you add 75%of the time gets removed. The other 25% of the time, it gets stolen by them.

I am not going to seek legal action against those thieves,but shame on them.Everybody, it is best to avoid the Wikipedia.Shame on you,Wikipedia,you are a bunch of lying literal thieves.I will NEVER EVER read any stolen information from that website again.

Roger
Tulsa, Oklahoma
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: Rachel - (U.S.A.)

Roger, first, you could not sue Wikipedia. They probably have a clause in the privacy policy that states that any submissions become their property. With that said, how are they a rip off?
Did you pay to submit information? Were you promised something that you never received? Just because Wikipedia didn't post something on their website that you wrote doesn't mean that you got ripped off. They are able to edit submissions anyway they see fit, if you don't like that, don't post there, find somewhere else.
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AUTHOR: Rachel - (U.S.A.)

Roger, first, you could not sue Wikipedia. They probably have a clause in the privacy policy that states that any submissions become their property. With that said, how are they a rip off?
Did you pay to submit information? Were you promised something that you never received? Just because Wikipedia didn't post something on their website that you wrote doesn't mean that you got ripped off. They are able to edit submissions anyway they see fit, if you don't like that, don't post there, find somewhere else.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Seriously

AUTHOR: Rachel - (U.S.A.)

Roger, first, you could not sue Wikipedia. They probably have a clause in the privacy policy that states that any submissions become their property. With that said, how are they a rip off?
Did you pay to submit information? Were you promised something that you never received? Just because Wikipedia didn't post something on their website that you wrote doesn't mean that you got ripped off. They are able to edit submissions anyway they see fit, if you don't like that, don't post there, find somewhere else.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: Rachel - (U.S.A.)

Roger, first, you could not sue Wikipedia. They probably have a clause in the privacy policy that states that any submissions become their property. With that said, how are they a rip off?
Did you pay to submit information? Were you promised something that you never received? Just because Wikipedia didn't post something on their website that you wrote doesn't mean that you got ripped off. They are able to edit submissions anyway they see fit, if you don't like that, don't post there, find somewhere else.
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#5 Consumer Comment

I forgive Wikipedia

AUTHOR: Roger - (U.S.A.)

Dear Jason,As I said I made a mistake in contributing to the Wikipedia,but that does not mean that I harbor any animosity.I was hurt when this happened,and I got over it.The lesson in it all for me was:Don't contribute to the Wikipedia.I will not do it again.But all is forgiven.Thanks for the response,Roger.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Wikipedia -- Collaborative Work

AUTHOR: Jason - (U.S.A.)

Where to start....

Since I make my living as a tech journalist, I tend to be extremely opposed to the misuse or outright theft of copyrighted material. However, in this particular case I have to stand behind Wikipedia for a couple of reasons.

I think Roger may be a little confused as to how Wikipedia works. Yes, it's "The free encyclopedia anyone can edit". However, that doesn't mean you submit an article and it's ensconced that way forever; Wikipedia is a collaborative effort. Just as Roger built on someone else's work when he made his changes, others can and will come along to modify and enhance Roger's contribution. It's that system that makes Wikipedia such an interesting project.

Sure, seeing someone else change what you think is perfect can be tough. I go through a similar outrage everytime I see what our copyeditor's done to the column I submitted. However, Wikipedia makes it quite clear that your submission can and will be modified. In fact, here's an excerpt from the warning Wikipedia places right above the submission button: "Content must not violate any copyright and must be verifiable. You agree to license your contributions under the GFDL. Please note: * If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly or redistributed by others, do not submit it.

In short, Roger's complaint seems to come down to a case of bruised ego rather than anything unethical or illegal on Wikipedia's part.
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