- Become an administrator.
- Go to the article that you want to delete.
- Decide if it’s necessary to delete the article.
- At the top of the article, under the “More” dropdown, click on the “Delete” button.
- Select the reason that you want to delete the page.
- Click on “Delete page” to delete the article.
I had a look the other day at Wikipedia’s history of my life. Who would have thought that this website, which began as an encyclopaedia of knowledge and is now struggling to survive on advertising revenue, would be such a repository for gossip?
In fact it’s quite valuable as a source for family history information – though I’ve already told you way too much about myself here than I’d intended to reveal in a lifetime! And when I saw how many people had edited the entry on me, I was reminded of Orwell’s comment about rumours: In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. But then again, he lived in an age when there was no internet. Are we all doomed to live out our lives as rumours on the internet?
When I was growing up in London, it seemed that everyone had a relative who’d become famous. People were always telling me about their great-aunts, or second cousins, who’d married someone like Noël Coward or Charlie Chaplin. Or how their nan had been visited by Virginia Woolf once… And Wikipedia is just the same! To find out your wiki-biography you need to look no further than your own family and friends – they’re bound to have an entry on you already there somewhere! Most people don’t bother editing anything about themselves – so if anyone wants to know more about me, all they have to do is ask my mum and dad. They’ll probably think the whole thing is rather quaint…
There’s a lot of time wasted on Wikipedia though – my entry was re-edited last week by someone in India, and I’ve been waiting for her to put it back ever since. Still, to be fair, there are some very clever people who find the site useful. It’s great that we can access so much knowledge on there free of charge (though always beware of open source software). And the world does need more information and education about history, science and geography. This has got nothing to do with me incidentally: I’m just trying to do some damage control!
If you want your own Wiki entry removed (which would certainly make mine irrelevant) then it could be a bit of a job – but if you do want to try, here’s what you can do:
1. Find out who wrote the original entry on your life – it’ll be someone in your own family and friends circle. Then block them on “social networking” sites like Facebook or Myspace or Twitter (or even Google+).
2. Change all relevant references to yourself within Wikipedia by editing the page directly – this is not easy, as that would change an existing entry, which could get you banned from the site altogether! Instead make a “talk page”, which is for discussions and debates about what should appear on future pages before they are made official. This will still show up on search engines though…
3. Post a message on the relevant forum asking for help from someone who might be trusted to have your interests at heart. This will probably bring even more people out of the woodwork – so it’s best not to do this and let matters take their course.
4. If your family has its own website, then post messages on all mentions of yourself associated with that site – especially any references in Wikipedia or other linking social networking sites.
5. Find out what the existing entry says about you, and why someone would want to write something bad about you. For example look up “mudslinging” or “revenge posting”. Then challenge them by writing back an article refuting everything they say, which can go through a similar discussion process to the one above. This should neutralise things – but it’ll take a lot of you time and effort!
The Wikipedia editor who wrote my page has been on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter (and Google+ presumably) chatting about me for months now… But she hasn’t tried to contact me herself directly because she works in an office and doesn’t want her employer to know that she’s spending all day online poking fun at people like me! I don’t even think she knows any of our mutual friends… Anyway, if you are wondering why someone would write something bad about you or your family, here are some suggestions:
1. Revenge posting – someone with a grudge against you is either trying to get back at you personally, or is just doing it for “kicks and giggles”.
2. Mudslinging – someone who is jealous of your ideas, popularity or success has decided to try and bring you down a peg or two.
3. Factual information gathering: It could be that someone in the press trying to research a story about you just wants an accurate account of what’s going on from people with an insider perspective – but this doesn’t always mean they are out to get you!
4. People want recognition for their own hard work: This one is tricky because it’s all about human nature… Some people need everyone else in the world to recognise how brilliant they are, whether they deserve it or not. In my case the person writing about me doesn’t even know me, but has criticised what I say because she’s heard someone else criticise it – and perhaps if she’d just come out with her own ideas nobody would have bothered to listen to mine!
So here is a list of some of the sites you can visit for advice on how to deal with Wikipedia editors who are personally attacking you:
Disclaimer: All of the information on this page has been gathered from my own experiences, and does not constitute legal advice or official statements by any organisations mentioned above – nor should anything here be taken as medical advice! If you are unsure about anything, please seek professional help from a relevant professional organisation before acting upon anything you read here.
Annual Fraud Indicator 2014 3rd Edition
This year’s report reveals that fraud is on the rise with 79% of businesses reporting that they have experienced a fraud. Although this represents a slight increase from last year, it should be noted that overall levels of fraud are still low compared to figures seen in previous years (~90%). Therefore, whilst firms are seeing an increase in the number of incidents they are experiencing, most still feel quite secure about their internal processes with only 23% saying they felt vulnerable to deception and 48% feeling confident about being able to spot potential fraudulent activity.
“We thought the numbers would be even higher so it appears that businesses continue to take steps to prevent or detect fraud.” commented Hugh Boyes, Director at Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services. “However, we now have to concentrate our efforts on helping businesses realise that fraud can occur at any time and they need a strategy in place to deal with this.”
In fact, despite the increase in reported incidents of fraud; many companies are still not adopting key controls and processes that could significantly reduce their exposure to risk. For example 23% do not run credit checks on new customers or suppliers (an area of key concern due to the recent growth of invoice discounting and business purchasing exchanges), 21% do not use account monitoring software for key accounts or employees and 16% do not have a system in place to help them identify unusual activity across multiple accounts.
Triggering the edit filter. Your edit seemed to be vandalism or disruptive editing. Removing references, even if you believe they are wrong, without explaining why. … Introducing new information to an article without having references (see the No Original Research policy on Wikipedia).
If you find some incorrect information, there are a few things you can do. First, you can fix it yourself! Anyone can edit Wikipedia. Just hit the “edit” button on the top right of the page, make the correction, and hit “Publish changes