January 02, 2007

Wikipedia 'doesn't ban Quatar net users'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6224677.stm

It’s true, despite what you might have read, for example, in the BBC article I’ve linked to. As it says on the relevant talk page at Wikipedia:

If you came here from a news headline saying that Wikipedia has banned all of Qatar, please pop right back over there and post in the comments that the story is not true. This IP number was temporarily blocked for less than 12 hours, and a block of an entire nation would go absolutely against Wikipedia policy.

(Alright, so technically they did ban what appears to be the entire nation for a month, but only until a few hours later when another admin discovered the 1 month ban and removed it because it was blocking the whole country…)

Update: The BBC have noticed this (well, not this – they’ve noticed the comment I’m talking about…) and have updated the article.


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