Blog: Patrick Holford and Wikipedia

Catherine Sleep | 9 January 2007

It’s just not cool to anonymously edit your own Wikipedia page, but it looks like cronies of übernutritionist Patrick Holford have done just that. For the as yet uninitiated, Wikipedia is an open-access online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. Its strength lies in the goodwill of those who edit it, and over the years it’s become a fantastically useful tool.

The trouble is, if you don’t like what someone’s written about you, it can be tempting to log on and sort it out. There’s a procedure for doing this, and it is based on people justifying changes they wish to make, and discussing them, while logged on under their own name. It seems some people fail to understand the rules; some criticism of Patrick Holford which questioned his credibility was mysteriously deleted by a user who later turned out to be his PR agent, based at Fuel PR. It’s not illegal, but it’s not cricket either. Let’s hope someone has explained to the PR how to promote the interests of his client in a more sophisticated way.

Read all about it in this Guardian article.


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