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Wikipedia wrangling once more: the entire German edition was shut down this week over the contents of a single entry. The parents of the article's subject, a German hacker who died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances, are displeased with his real name being disclosed in the encyclopedia. It is now back online; however, the future of the family's efforts is currently unclear, not only due to the German order's debatable validity in the US - but also because the order was, initially at least, mistakenly addressed to St. Petersburg, Russia, instead of St. Petersburg, Florida.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (18 comments total)

 
As a bonus: a badly rhymed, tasteless limerick on the matter.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:36 PM on January 20, 2006


"German edition was shut down" actually means "www.wikipedia.de was forbidden from redirecting to de.wikipedia.org." http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptseite is still up and, as far as I know, accessible from Germany.
posted by rkent at 1:49 PM on January 20, 2006


That limerick was awful.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:52 PM on January 20, 2006


Hanged and estranged don't rhyme.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:53 PM on January 20, 2006


"German edition was shut down" actually means "www.wikipedia.de was forbidden from redirecting to de.wikipedia.org."

Meaning, not much to see here. WP is hosted in the U.S. German laws seem not to apply.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:57 PM on January 20, 2006


the entire German edition was shut down this week over the contents of a single entry.

uh, from the wikipedia article:

It is worth noting that the domain wikipedia.de has never been used as a means of accessing the German language Wikipedia, which has always resided at http://de.wikipedia.org/, and that despite media reports to the contrary, German language Wikipedia was never closed or inaccessible in Germany. The court order only affected a domain owned by the German Verein.
posted by puke & cry at 2:00 PM on January 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


"German edition was shut down" actually means "www.wikipedia.de was forbidden from redirecting to de.wikipedia.org."

So it does. I was misled by the article where I came across this story first, and apologise for repeating the hype.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:08 PM on January 20, 2006


BORIS FLORICIC
posted by caddis at 2:14 PM on January 20, 2006


The parents effort to have their son's name removed from Wikipedia has only brought attention to it. In each of the articles (above) his name is mentioned -- and already public knowledge.
posted by ericb at 2:21 PM on January 20, 2006


parents'
posted by ericb at 2:22 PM on January 20, 2006


.
posted by trondant at 2:25 PM on January 20, 2006


the kid's name's all over the Internet, what's the point?
posted by matteo at 4:15 PM on January 20, 2006


I, for one, am appalled that I can no longer take as fact everything I read on the Internet.

Fuck.
posted by Mikey-San at 4:44 PM on January 20, 2006


Hanged and estranged don't rhyme.

True, they don't, and neither do "Floricic," "cryptic," and "deleted" (WTF?) -- and the "that be cryptic" construction is unnecessarily piratic.

posted by gohlkus at 5:42 PM on January 20, 2006


And ye be overrrrrrrrly crrrrrrritical, laddy buck!
posted by Samizdata at 6:05 PM on January 20, 2006


unnecessarily piratic

There be no such thing.
posted by brundlefly at 9:39 PM on January 20, 2006


"The Austrian online magazine "futurezone" interviewed Andy Müller-Maguhn on January 19, 2006 about the case and its background. Maguhn admitted that the true reason behind the incident is a fictitious work recently published by a German author in which the main actor has the same (civil) name as Tron. The parents sent a protest to the publisher but were turned down with the argument that the German Wikipedia is using the name as well. Müller-Maguhn then asked the German Wikipedia to remove the name, but was turned down for a number of reasons, including failure to present proof that he is entitled to speak and act on behalf of the parents" - From the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron_%28hacker%29
posted by ba3r at 3:11 PM on January 22, 2006


And ye be overrrrrrrrly crrrrrrritical, laddy buck!

All I'm saying is that if I were to write a limerick, I'd follow the a a b b a pattern....

There once was a website called mefi
Whose denizens all loved to defy
The rules of mathowie
He quit, went to Maui
To cancel, abort, or retry

Four minutes. Bam.
posted by gohlkus at 11:34 PM on January 26, 2006


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