Wikipedia has been a contentious subject for a long time now.
As we were reminded in January, this year, the open-sourced experiment in co-creation is now over 15 years old. It’s the seventh most visited website in the world, has more than 27 million registered editors and (despite many claiming ‘wikipedia is not a valid source’) is more well-sourced and researched than most academia I’ve read.
It gives us knowledge, offers intruding banners asking us to fund it and acts as a good base to begin learning about any subject from the Kentucky Meat Shower in 1876 to a list of inventors killed from their own inventions.
So why is it such an issue for SJWs?
The problem, regrettably, stems from gender. Whether or not you partake in the debate over gender fluidity, the argument from SJWs about Wikipedia boils down to this; too many men edit the site. Over 80% of the editors are male, and this is an issue.
An issue, apparently, that requires the BBC (a global news organisation funded by the British Government) to step in.
In response to the perceived sexist nature of ‘the internet’, the BBC’s annual ‘BBC 100 Women’ event is joining up with Wikipedia itself next week for a 12-hour edit-a-thon to encourage more women to join up to the site and edit pages.
Using the hashtag #100womenwiki, participants are encouraged to edit existing pages that do not reflect a woman’s contributions, or simply create a new page about a woman. The goal is to make a visible impact on Wikipedia and recognise women’s achievements by editing.
Don’t worry, this isn’t merely limited to British people. The two companies plan to host a global event across various countries and languages to encourage everybody to join in editing men’s contributions. This will also be reported on several programmes and platforms throughout the day, be it online, in news events, or on TV.
The BBC is a great organisation, and the annual 100 Women Event (seeking to highlight 100 notable women) is a notable event for promoting equality in society. The issue here, however, is effectively that taxpayer money is being used to fund a feminist raid on an online source that offers valuable information worldwide.
Whilst personally I hope that this is a good chance for women such as 18th century biologist Lorna Casselton to have their vital work rightly highlighted and brought to public attention, I fear that this event will be easily hijacked by the far- and alt-left SJW brigade that roams freely online.
The event will start on Thursday 8th of December at 11am GMT, or 6am EST using the hashtag #100womenwiki.