Yesterday, a theory was floating around that the number of edits made to a vice presidential contender’s Wikipedia page could indicate who Mitt Romney is choosing. Wasting no time, Stephen Colbert urged Americans to “make as many edits as possible to your favorite VP contender.” Following the report and Colbert’s subsequent PSA of sorts, Wikipedia has locked the pages of possible contenders.
Namely, those of Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and (thanks to Drudge) David Petraeus. Tech President’s Michah Sifry, who brought us the Wikipedia idea, provided the update today — noting that Pawlenty’s page was locked to protect against vandalism, and the others were “semi-protected.” Meaning, “only people who have already been on Wikipedia for at least four days and previously made ten edits to other unprotected pages can edit these pages.”
Logically enough, the significant publicity surrounding Sifry’s theory contributes to the number of editors to the pages. As Sifry said, “The Internet loves nothing more than a scavenger hunt, after all.” But for now, that hunt’s been limited (though not entirely restricted).
Moral of the story is that this vice presidential guessing game just needs to be behind us already.
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