Wikipedia, the online collaborative encyclopedia, has had a block in effect since last October that makes it impossible for users of Ridgefield High School’s internet address to edit its entries, reports the Danbury News Times. Wikipedia allows readers to edit information in articles, but some Ridgefield High students had been abusing the site. Since September 2005, vandalism had occurred on Wikipedia listings from the school ranging from brief obscene comments to obscene and pornographic comments about specific female students. Two entries made on Oct. 15, 2007, led to the year-long block that a Wikipedia monitor imposed on the school’s IP address. That block was the last in a series of blocks that ranged in length from 24 hours to six months dating back to December 2005.
Wikipedia representative Jay Walsh said: "It’s not uncommon for IP addresses, either specific addresses or more commonly ranges of addresses, to be blocked from editing Wikipedia for specific periods of time." Ridgefield resident Chris McQuilkin discovered the block when he was researching another entry made on Wikipedia about an unrelated subject. He contacted the Wikipedia monitor who had enforced the block against Ridgefield High on a different issue and discovered it. "I don’t like that Ridgefield High is being blocked and that it is happening because of this pornographic and offensive language. The block will be lifted in three weeks and I hope the school has done something to assure this doesn’t start up again," McQuilkin said…

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