MAn should not leave the world in ignorance when a bad musician spreads conspiracy theories. The facts have to be on the table or at least where you first look for facts: in the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. Anyone who wants to hire the composer Googles the name, reads the Wikipedia article and knows: Take care.
It is only bitter when nothing that is written in the Wikipedia article about the composer’s musical and political work is true. The n his reputation is ruined and he cannot help it. This is what happened to a man from North Rhine-Westphalia. He complained and won. The Wikipedia author has to pay a fine of 8,000 euros, as a court in Koblenz recently ruled.
That would not be worth mentioning if the wrongdoer had ruled lonely and unrecognized between brave friends of the truth. But in the vast expanse of Wikipedia, hordes of surreptitious advertisers, trained disinformation warriors and vain impostors rage. Everyone can take part, create, edit, edit, optimize, manipulate, delete. The Wikipedians call this swarm intelligence. But often it is nothing more than mob anarchy.
Wikipedia never wanted to be like this
The list of grievances is long. In the article about the energy company RWE, an “incident” becomes a “reportable event” and the IP address leads to the company’s headquarters. Sometimes an author classifies the journalist fraudster Claas Relotius as the “Karl May of our days” and sits in his hometown. It just came out that the German Football Association had the article glossed over by its general secretary beyond recognition and put 15,000 euros on the table for it.
Wikipedia knows the problem. Experienced authors should therefore check unknown newcomers, and administrators can intervene in an emergency. But that is of little use if convicts of conviction undo everything, half-silly authors create sources themselves or cartels rule from inclined helpers. Because there are more and more articles, but fewer and fewer volunteers who care for what has been created, missionary writers can get up to mischief.