Yesterday, NYTimes finally broke the silence on the kidnapping of David S. Rohde by the Taliban. Turns out, Rohde had escaped, and that the news media finally reported the kidnapping since the publicity on the case would no longer be a bargaining chip for his captors. The NYTimes article showed how keeping this news off of Wikipedia was nearly impossible if it weren’t for the coordinated effort of several administrators and Jimbo Wales himself.
WikiDashboard visualized this editing pattern directly. In the figure below, I’ve highlighted the various edit wars between the anonymous editors (126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52; and 184.108.40.206, which are believed to be the same person) and some of the administrators such as Rjd0060 and MBisanz and the involvement of a robot XLinkBot. You can also see the huge attention on this article in the last week or so in the visualization.
Check out the editing history and the edit war in detail by reading the edit history.
All of this makes for a great way for us to announce that WikiDashboardnow works on the live Wikipedia data again; Thanks to the heroic efforts of Bongwon Suh in my group. He figured out how to execute his SQL query in a quick way on the new DB server.