Wikipedia’s “Constitutional Crisis” Pits Community Against Foundation The banning of a single editor is roiling Wikipedia

Welcome to Source Notes, a Future Tense column about the internet’s knowledge ecosystem.

On June 10, a Wikipedia administrator with the username Fram was banned by the Wikimedia Foundation from editing the English encyclopedia for one year. This might sound rather trivial; indeed, the foundation describes it using the rather humdrum term “office action.” But the response from the Wikipedia editing community over the past three weeks has been anything but chill. Search Wikipedia for WP:FRAM, a shortcut to the project namespace that exists behind the encyclopedia articles, and you’ll find a discussion about Fram’s ban that is now more than 470,000 words—longer than the novel A Game of Thrones.


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