Posted by: Lister | January 20, 2008

Edit wars at Wikipedia

Via Unruled, The Lamest Edit-Wars. The cow tipping quote gave me a chuckle, but when I read the first few items on the wiki page… Well, I guess you had to be there. (Or read the talk links, but I read the beginning of the Freddie Mercury Persian heritage ‘debate’ — didn’t have me feeling that a laugh was on the way).

Cow tipping

Is it appropriate to include a picture of a cow with the caption “An unsuspecting potential victim”? People disputed this caption, largely because a couple people considered it humor and no evidence could be found that it was. Many different variations were put forth from plain “A cow” to humorous “Mooo?” Consensus was to delete the image, but the article ended up with the picture of “A cow in its natural upright state.”

There were attempts to add a cow lying down to dispute that cows can lie down and get up, but the edit warriors refused it. Perhaps cow tipping is just an urban legend and the implication that this cow could be tipped violates WP:NPOV.

Can any reliable source verify that the cow is unsuspecting? Does it matter that the cow is looking at the camera? How does this segue into links to flatulence humor and the dozens? Learn the answers to these burning questions and others at Talk:Cow tipping.


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