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Thursday, July 17, 2014

"So using my experience on a previous side project [Wikistream, a Web application that watches Wikipedia editing activity], I quickly put together a short program that listens to all major language Wikipedias for anonymous edits from Congressional IP address ranges and tweets them." The stream for the bot, @congressedits, went live a day later, and it now provides real-time tweets when anonymous edits of Wikipedia pages are made. Summers also posted the code to GitHub so that others interested in creating similar Twitter bots can riff on his work. So far, @congressedits hasn't caught anything scandalous; most of the edits caught have been stylistic changes rather than factual ones. The most interesting edit found so far was to the Wikipedia article on horse head masks -- adding a reference to President Obama shaking hands with a man in such a mask on a recent trip to Denver.


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Nicely done!

now we can watch THEM.

More! More!

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-14 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you pay them enough wikipedia will "protect" your edits.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-17 02:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why would you trust a 'fact source' that anyone can edit?

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-18 10:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why would you trust a 'fact source' that anyone can edit?

#3 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2014-07-18 10:09 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Having only a few editors ends up with books telling us Jesus rode dinosaurs.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-18 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Allowing anyone to edit and people with no lives to run the site ends results in many volumes on star trek and comparatively few on star clusters.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-18 02:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

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