Hat-tip Mountain Xpress:
"It's probably all my fault.
In March of 2006, I posted a well-intentioned addition to the Asheville entry on Wikipedia, the online collaborative encyclopedia. I didn't intend to start trouble – I was just trying to add a few drops to that vast ocean of digital information.
At Wikipedia.org, anyone can make an addition to the collective pool of knowledge, as well as edit information submitted by others. So, I added a simple and relatively bland subcategory to the Asheville Wikipedia page about the local-music scene. What a horrible mistake.
You see, during the past nine months since I made that initial post, there has been a war of words on the page over just what constitutes "the local-music scene." Bitter arguments over terminology have arisen, nitpicking "flame wars" have flared up over just which bands should be considered relevant, and no one seems to be able to do much except undo the work of their fellow contributors.
Other disputes, such as which external links about the area should be allowed and which film-and-TV references to Asheville should be permitted, have only made the problem worse. (A few seemingly shameless self-promoters who have added their personal accomplishments to the page have also earned the ire of Wikipedians.)
The escalation of spite eventually got out of hand. It fact, it got to the level of being termed an "edit war" – the online equivalent of a battle royale.
Not surprisingly, at the urging of Wikipedian "Golbez," the Asheville page was "locked" last month by the Web site's administration – meaning that no new posts were permitted. Until last week, the page had its contents set in digital stone.
Now the good news: It was unlocked on Jan. 12, thanks to a compromise agreement on the discussion page. Still, major issues about how the page will be revised are yet to be addressed.
Which begs the question: What changes would you make?"
– Steve Shanafelt
I just thought this was funny enough to post! Thanks Steve!