Wiki war games…

Jim Duffy went to do some research for an article on wikipedia, and discovered the Northern Ireland war over words in full flow:

Wikipedia’s big “thing” is what it calls ‘NPOV’ (Neutral Point of View). So everyone edits everyone else’s work to try to agree an NPOV balance. That was till the Fighting Northern Irish came along. Forget analysis. The northerners fight over words. One republican nut went and changed every reference he could find in its 800,000 articles from ‘Northern Ireland’ to ‘Six Counties’. While everyone else on the planet was changing it back again, along came a loyalist nut and changed it to ‘Ulster’.

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