Articles on Wikipedia no longer can be edited by members of Church Scientology

Articles on Wikipedia no longer can be edited by members of Church Scientology

Following a long-running dispute about biased articles, ban has been put on Church of Scientology members from editing Wikipedia articles about their church.

After complaints that the site was being used to promote propaganda, the online encyclopedia's arbitration committee voted to block contributions from computers owned by Scientologists.

The site was already forced to lock entries about the church, which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its celebrity members due to the issues between pro- and anti-Scientology users.

According to arbitration committee, "Newcomers are treated rudely. Bad faith assumptions, personal attacks, edit wars, soapboxing, and other disruptions are common occurrences."

As of now, the administrators have taken the action to reconstruct the encyclopedia's reputation for neutrality. They plan to do so by taking the unprecedented step of banning anyone they consider to be connected to the church from altering articles.

The committee added, "All IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates, broadly interpreted, are to be blocked as if they were open proxies."

All those who would log in with these IP addresses would not be permitted to edit articles related to Scientology or Scientologists, broadly defined.

The church followers had set up Wikipedia accounts with the sole purpose of making articles more favourable to Scientology, concluded the arbitration committee, which is composed of experienced volunteer editors.