Banned! Wikipedia blocks Overstock.com from editing

September 5, 2007

banned wikipedia blocks Overstockcom from editing

Known for having a media director that obsessively stalks critics, Overstock.com’s IP address range has now been banned from editing on Wikipedia.

Longtime Wikipedia staffer, David Gerard, posted this on the Administrators’ Noticeboard Tuesday afternoon:

“I’ve just blocked 65.116.112.0/21, which is an IP range (a) owned by Overstock.com (b) widely used by them for spamming, COI editing and attempted intimidation of administrators dealing with them. I strongly suggest against unblocking this range under any circumstances”

Wikipedia and Overstock.com’s Director of Social Media, Judd Bagley have had a long battle. Bagley has earned near legend status on Wikipedia as an agenda pusher, vandal and stalker.

Wikipedia has been known to ban PR firms and entire countries, so banning a company is not so unusual. Gary Weiss explains on his blog:

It’s fairly unusual, though not unprecedented (see comments), for an entire company to be declared persona non grata by Wikipedia. That requires an unusual degree of sleaziness, which is of course Overstock.com’s primary export to the civilized world.

With the advent of the wikiscanner, anonymous edits are going to become a thing of the past. Companies who have been using Wikipedia to misinform will have to rethink their strategy. We now can easily find out who they are.

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7 Responses to “Banned! Wikipedia blocks Overstock.com from editing”

  1. David Gerard:

    The block of an entire country was when all of Qatar, which goes through a censoring web proxy and thus has one outside IP address for everyone, was accidentally blocked from editing because the blocking admins thought it was a single broadband user playing up. Oh how we cringed when we found out. That is hopefully unlikely to happen again, and will get unblocked quick-smart if it does …

  2. gaby de wilde:

    Great news, I was recently banned from wikipedia for a post the banning admin created himself but with my name under it. I thought it was highly creative. Please don’t take my word for it.

    Take this for example:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Meyer

    So this is what a wikipedia page about a world famous US inventor looks like. Stan doesn’t even have a page with his name.

    The man who showed how to run a car on watter was not worthy of his own page.

    Either the wiki or the scientific community screwed up. I’m afraid it looks like it was both.

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  4. B-Man:

    This is interesting. I’ve also noticed how overstock edits their reviews of products. Have you ever wondered why there are few if any bad reviews of products on their site? I’ve written a few that didn’t make it on their site.

  5. stef:

    When news broke that the C.I.A amongst others were editing wikipedia from their offices,I went to one of their biased pages,ie,the fire at the Riechstag and complained that this article was probably written by the c.i.a in an attempt to disinform us..I was prommtley banned and so was my whole area, on cable..This is an outrage..The standing claim at wiki, was a communist probably burnt down the Reichstag ,and the long established truth is the NAZIS did it,to get emergency powers..No government should be trusted with emergency powers as they have abused them..We have seen the work of the c.i.a and our world is collapsing,so its time to get those fools out of langly and try them for crimes against humanity..stef..mill bay.

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