Recently, I’ve written a couple of posts about Peter Galbraith’s Wikipedia entry and the extremely assiduous pro-Galbraith editing activity of two anonymous persons — Devotedamerican and Westencivil.
Well, now I’ve got more intrigue to report, and it involves one of Galbraith’s competitors for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Those who’ve been following the Galbraith story way too closely for proper maintenance of mental health will recall that the activity of Devotedamerican was brought to attention by another Wikipedia editor.
The plethora of edits was flagged to VTDigger by FourViolas, a Wikipedia editor from Vermont who reported having stumbled upon Devotedamerican’s work while inserting policy positions on the pages of all the Vermont gubernatorial candidates.
In an email, FourViolas asked to be identified only by Wikipedia username, saying the community appreciates anonymity.
Yeah, well, here’s the thing. FourViolas has been extremely busy editing Sue Minter’s Wikipedia page. FourViolas’ first edit came on March 17; after that, s/he was inactive until May 21. Since then, FV has been responsible for 12 more edits. Most of them add biographical detail fleshing out Minter’s experience and qualifications.
One of FourViolas’ edits conveniently omitted an important fact. See if you can spot it:
Peter Shumlin, the Governor of Vermont, appointed Minter as Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation in January 2011. Shumlin appointed her to lead the recovery effort following Tropical Storm Irene.
Who’s missing from the passage?
None other than Neale Lunderville, who served as Irene recovery chief from just after the August 2011 storm until January 2012, when Minter succeeded him.
Gee, I guess FourVIolas forgot about Neale. Which is, coincidentally, the same omission made by Minter’s new campaign ad touting her post-Irene experience.
You put that together with the fact that FourViolas ratted out Devotedamerican, and you’ve got the makings of an expanding — and really petty — battle raging on the Democratic candidates’ Wikipedia pages.
I haven’t checked Matt Dunne’s entry yet. I’m a little afraid what i might find.
Do I suspect that FourViolas is either Minter herself or someone close to her? Yes, I do. No evidence, obviously. But it’s hard to imagine a neutral party spending that much time on a Vermont politician’s Wikipage, whether it’s Minter or Galbraith.