John Lott keeps trying to use sock puppets to scrub his wikipedia page of criticism. Unfortunately other wikipedia users undo his changes, he makes them again and he gets into an edit war. He’s used his socks to try to alter the page many many times. (See round 1 round 2 round 3).
This weekend there was another edit war. One anonymous user changed the page to Lott’s preferred version. Just six minutes later a user with IP address 220.127.116.11 changed it back. Three minutes later it was changed back to Lott’s version. Battle was joined with edits coming every three or four minutes, ending with an edit by 18.104.22.168 described like this:
Stop these reverts back and forth. Keep the version that Rory096, Pearle, and Lambert had.
Except that he hadn’t restored Rory096′s version. It was almost the same, but most of the material about John Lott’s use of sock puppets was removed (see diff). And 22.214.171.124 tracks to Swarthmore, PA, which is where Lott lives.
Yes, both of the sides in this little edit war were sock puppets operated by Lott, all so he could sneak in a change. Alas, his trick didn’t work and the page was fixed within a couple of hours.
I bet his next cunning plan will involve putting some fake ghosts on the page to scare everybody else off so he can edit it in peace.