Sense and Sensibility
We here at HPO are big fans of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We use it almost every day, and we find it to be user-friendly, accurate, and up-to-date. For those of you who don't know, wikipedia is a non-profit organization made up of scholars, professors, and other philanthropists who dedicate their precious time and knowledge to creating a free encyclopedia that anyone can use. Not only can anyone use it, but anyone can edit the encyclopedia articles, too, which creates the potential for rapid growth and a deep basin of highly specialized knowledge.
We rate the whole project as "strong to very strong".
But, the problem with a 'free encyclopedia that anyone can edit' is that sometimes, you get pranksters and vandals that mess with certain articles.
As reported by our friends over at TSG, a professional golfer named Fuzzy Zoellers is suing because his wikipedia article was filled with untrue things about him, including allegations that he is a racist, a wife-beater, a bigot, a child-beater, and accuses him of once being "in the process of polishing off a fifth of Jack (Daniels) after popping a handful of vicodin pills."
A mirror of the entire page can be found at answers.com.
OK, we agree: Not only is this below-the-belt, it's downright insane. We wouldn't want people writing this kind of stuff about us.
But, should Fuzzy be able to sue some people for tens of thousands of dollars because of it? Seems a little extreme. But, then again, some people take themselves to seriously.
Lighten up, people. What happened to your sense of humor?