I used to think that with huge constituencies to which our representatives must answer that congressional staffers were surely overworked. Now I’m not so sure…
The Twitter bot @CongressEdits has, since July 9, gleefully collected the Wikipedia edits of anonymous congressional staffers. Some of the edits are funny; some serious; some mundane. But surely none has enchanted the cynical public more than the entry for Choco Taco, which has been edited six times by staffers at either the House of Representatives and the State Department, during the workday (!!), since the page was opened in January 2007.
Apparently peeved, someone on a State Department computer vandalized the page two days later, on July 16, changing “Choco Taco” to “S*** Taco.” (Mature!) A Wikipedian promptly fixed the mistake — but only a minute later, our State Department friend edited another profanity in, which we won’t reprint. This went on for a while.
At long last, cooler heads prevailed, the State Department IP was served a sternly worded warning, and our final congressional editor acted a bit more responsibly: He or she merely added Choco Tacos to the “American brands” category.
Yes, Wikipedia had to be the voice of reason telling congressional staffers in the House of Representatives to stop dicking around on Wikipedia. Your tax dollars at work.
On the other hand, Wikipedia 2016! Get that campaign rolling.