Wikipedia Watch is a website created by a book indexer named Daniel Brandt[1][2] on 13 October 2005.[3] The criticism site began after he read what he says was a false[4] and unflattering Wikipedia entry about himself[5] in order to warn users about the accuracy of information there.[6] Daniel Terdiman of ZDNet described the site as "a sometimes paranoid, sometimes rational Web site that seeks to keep the project honest."[1]

In 2005 Agence France-Presse quoted Brandt as saying that "the basic problem is that no one, neither the trustees of Wikimedia Foundation, nor the volunteers who are connected with Wikipedia, consider themselves responsible for the content."[7]

The site has published logs from Wikipedia Internet Relay Chat channels, and includes a search engine to search them[8] and has listed dozens of examples of plagiarism by Wikipedia editors on the English version.[9] It also served as a clearing house of information during the Essjay controversy, when a prominent editor was found to have made false claims about his academic qualifications and professional experiences.[10][11]

In November 2006, the Associated Press reported Brandt's claim to have uncovered 142 examples of suspected plagiarism among the 12,000 Wikipedia articles he searched.[12] He called for Wikipedia to conduct a thorough review of all its articles.[12] According to the report, "Wikipedia editors have been reviewing the 142 articles in question and have declared a handful to be OK because copied passages came from the public domain. Editors found others where Wikipedia appeared to be the one plagiarised. But editors found extensive problems in several cases, with many still not yet fully checked."[12]

See also[]

  • Seigenthaler controversy
  • Essjay controversy
  • Criticism of Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia Review


  1. 1.0 1.1 Terdiman, Daniel (2005-12-15). "Daniel Brandt interview". ZDNet. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  2. "Caught red handed". Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  3. "Related Info for:". Alexa. 
  4. Seelye, Katharine Q. (2005-12-11). "A Little Sleuthing Unmasks Writer of Wikipedia Prank". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  5. Hellweg, Eric. "The Wikipedia War: A recent high-profile dispute over the user-written encyclopedia's veracity has the site rethinking some of its rules.". Technology Review / Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  6. Danner, Patrick (2007-02-22). "Golfer Zoeller sues law firm for Wikipedia posting". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  7. "Wikipedia Becomes Internet Force, Faces Crisis". Agence France-Presse. 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  8. "Find Chat". Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  9. "Plagiarism by Wikipedia Editors". Wikipedia Watch. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  10. Williams, Martyn (2007-03-06). "Wikipedia founder speaks on the Essjay controversy: Policy under discussion would require contributors to backup credential claims". IDG News Service. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  11. Orlowski, Andrew (2007-03-02). "Bogus Wikipedia Prof. was blessed then promoted: The Counterfactual History Man". The Register UK. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Jesdanun, Anick (2006-11-04). "Wikipedia Critic Finds Copied Passages". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 

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