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Inside the D.C. Government’s Wikipedia Edits

Inspired by Buzzfeed's articles on the strange Wikipedia edits made from congressional computers, City Desk looked up the edits associated with a D.C. government IP address. The page reveals the passions driving our city's employees (or at least whoever has access to their computers), including an incredibly high regard for an R&B singer and a love of plastic bag taxes.

Carol Schwartz

Somebody in D.C. government sure liked former at-large Councilmember Carol Schwartz. They made this edit back in 2008, when the Republican was still in office:

Ms. Schwartz is arguably one of the most respected people in Government of the District of Columbia, by all who work within the government, as well as the citizens of Washington, D.C., regardless of race, creed, and gender.

The Playboy Mansion

At least one D.C. government employee is committed to accurate depictions of the Playboy Mansion. They edited a description of the mansion that inaccurately described it as having 22 bedrooms, and corrected it to say the mansion has only 22 rooms.

"Powerhouse" R&B Singer Shaun Murphy

If there has been one constant in the shared IP's Wikipedia history over the years, it has been the scrupulous tending of the legacy of Motown singer Shaun Murphy. Several Wikipedia pages related to Murphy have been cared for with an obsessive level of detail by someone in D.C. government committed to capturing her brand of "blue-eyes soul."

Plastic Bag Taxes

Last year, someone on the IP address edited a Wikipedia article about plastic bag taxes to trash an American for Tax Reform study that said they destroy jobs. Is that you, Councilmember Tommy Wells?

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  1. #1

    DC government, hard at work doing useless, stupid things on the taxpayer dime.

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