Notorious Wikipedia 'climate change' editor raising questions again

German publication Die Kalte Sonne has reignited the debate on the Wikipedia "umpire" for climate change entries who is a member of the UK Green Party

by Dane Vallejo on 31 January 2013 15:36

German publication Die Kalte Sonne has reignited the debate on revelations that a Wikipedia "umpire" for climate change entries is a member of the UK Green Party who has openly sympathized with the views of the UN's Intergovernmental Pannel on Climate Change (IPCC). (H/T to wattsupwiththat)

William Connolley, who has made headlines before for his Wikipedia activity, is alleged to have edited some 5,000 Wikipedia articles and, according to KoppOnline and his own, personal Wikipedia page, was a member of the RealClimate website until 2007.

Clearly, Connolley's personal interests cast serious doubt over his impartiality, which betrays the very system Wikipedia is founded upon. Die Kalte Sonne compares the situation to a Bayern Munich fan altering an article about Hamburger SV. Put another way -- for the Bundasliga-illiterate among us -- you might also compare the situation to a Labour supporter editing the entry for Gordon Brown to indicate that the British public widely regard the former Prime Minister to be the greatest ever Briton. Ha, I know.

Interestingly, Anthony Watts from wattsupwiththat.com has gone as far as to question whether "Mr. Connolley was employed by someone or some organization specifically for the task" -- owing to the sheer volume of work he has carried out on Wikipedia. 

I don't know many hardcore tree-huggers who like the rock'n'roll life, so maybe he just has a lot of time on his hands. Then again, I don't know many hardcore tree-huggers...

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