Wikipedia founder wades into Gibraltar row

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Wikipedia founder wades into Gibraltar row

WIKIPEDIA founder Jimmy Wales has called for a ban on Gibraltar-related posts appearing on the site.

It follows the resignation of Wikipedia trustee Roger Bamkin after it emerged he was being paid by Gibraltar Government to promote the Rock using the online encyclopedia’s Did You Know? section.

“I think it is clear that there should be a strong moratorium on any Gibraltar-related ‘Did You Knows?’ on the front page of Wikipedia,” said Wales.

“I would recommend a total ban on them for five years, but that might be too extreme.

“I support that we get wider community attention on the issue.”

The controversy came to light after Gibraltar featured 17 times on the site during August, second only to the Olympics, following the signing of an agreement between Bamkin and officials on the Rock.

At the time, Bamkin was a board member with Wikimedia UK – a firm closely linked to Wikipedia – but he has since been forced to resign.

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  1. Why ban Gibraltar entries from did you know? Gibraltar is a very interesting place which, owing to its small size and big neighbour, often gets ignored!

    There are lots of thing that you do not know abut Gibraltar. For instance, did you know that Spain feels very safe bullying Gibraltar because there are only 30 thousand Gibraltarians? Let us face it, these cowards are free to harass the small country because no country will take any action in case Spain gets offended and pull out of the next football championship!

  2. Peter Hall-Owen

    Seguro que todo lo malo que le pasa a Gibraltar encuentras a España culpable de ello además es tu pueblo el que con ayuda de 60 millones de británicos y antes la unión jack trata de robarnos y matar y asesinar constantemente y aunque en este siglo solo tratais de robar no dejasteis de hacerlo en los anteriores.

    And we are cowards?
    Look at the mirror and you,ll find one.

  3. brujiño
    Es que verdaderamente solo ves “mono” y no “estereo”!
    Ni yo ni tu tenemos nada que ver con el pasado. Sin embargo podemos contribuir al presente y al futuro.

    Dejate de tantas tonterias, abre el ojo, quitate esa viga que tienes en el y por favor mirate a ese espejo, por el amor de Dios!

    Si estas parado llegate a Gibraltar, que son buena gente y te daran trabajo alli. SI trabajas para el ministerio de propaganda en Madriz, por favor, piensa lo que dices porque hay muchos menos educado que tu que se tragan todo!

    Recuerda, los Britanicos construyeron un imperio al igual que lo hicieron los españoles (ambas mataron a miles) pero mientras democracias han resultado de la mayoria del imperio Britanico el imperio español ha dado luz a dictaduras, dictaduras y republicas bananeras en su mayoria.

    Hay que aprender de la historia y no juzgarla usando los estandardes de hoy. Esos eran otros tiempos y ni tu ni yo podemos hacer nada para cambiarlos!

    El problema que tiene españa es que se ha estancado en el pasado donde ya no habita nadie mas que los politicos Hispanos y sus acolitas que creen a sus pueblos lo bastante ignorante como para que se tragen las idioteces parladas por ellos como la de esa fanfaronada “hibata paño!

    En que planeta, macho?

  4. PM

    Lo dudo un poco además lo dices como si inglaterra la salvara y fueron los rusos y los americanos los ingleses os estabais lamiendo las heridas en ese momento y tratando de robar terreno de manera ilegal en el país europeo que habí tenido una guerra civil espero que los británicos se marchen pronto de Europa como ellos quieren de corazón le va a ir mucho mejor.

  5. Peter Hall-Owen

    Por supuesto que no pero como lo voy a entender no te has fijado que soy español y se supone que soy un fascista ignorante.

    No consigo echar la siesta y me gusta escalar de tu imaginación no soy responsable.

  6. I’ve heard it said that the spanish who live near Gib are going to have a referendum on ceding control over to Gib.
    The locals in La Linea are so fed up with corruption and ineptitude that they want to be under Gib rule.
    Goog luck to them.

  7. Income tax in Gibraltar is considerably lower than in EITHER the UK or Spain. If Gibraltar were to be returned to Spain, it is likely that the Gibraltarians would have to pay Spanish income tax rates. NO WONDER THEY WANT TO REMAIN BRITISH!

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