Not So Friendly Greeting on Wikipedia



  • A user named "Earth Exploding Live" has apparently hijacked several Wikipedia articles. I wanted to look up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrissey (don't ask), but instead all I got was a message stating

    "Earth Exploding Live sends friendly greetings to readers of this article. This message will be taken down within 24 hours if the link specified gets at least 2000 hits. Thank you." 

    Apparently this user has done this to several other articles.  I wonder if this exploit is related to the mechanism of the SOPA blackout.



  •  It took them 10 days to find the vandalism. I can't quite make it out from the diffs:

     

    • (cur | prev)<input value="505121506" style="visibility:hidden" name="oldid" id="mw-oldid-null" type="radio"><input value="505121506" checked="checked" name="diff" id="mw-diff-505121506" type="radio"> 16:38, 31 July 2012146.90.6.249 (talk)‎ . . (93,455 bytes) (-20)‎ . . (Undid revision 503469108 by YFdyh-bot (talk) - Javascript Vandalism) (undo)
    • (cur | prev)<input value="503469108" checked="checked" name="oldid" id="mw-oldid-503469108" type="radio"><input value="503469108" name="diff" id="mw-diff-503469108" type="radio"> 18:23, 21 July 2012YFdyh-bot (talk | contribs)m . . (93,475 bytes) (+20)‎ . . (r2.7.3) (Robot: Adding ko:모리세이) (undo)

     



  • It's weird, because the old version renders OK now. Maybe the script was disabled, or the link was visited 2000 times?



  • I can't find any pages on Wikipedia that currently have the text "earth exploding live" anywhere on them, nor can I find any pages anywhere talking about it apart from this one post.

    I'm going to just assume it was a technical hiccup that happened when someone left the server closet open and a very intelligent squirrel modified Google's search results.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

     It took them 10 days to find the vandalism. I can't quite make it out from the diffs:

     

     

    Okay, so apparently this is JavaScript: [[ko:모리세이]]



  • This one is still jacked up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franciszka_Arnsztajnowa

     

    Here's a snippet from the "view source":

    <FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>div</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff> </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>style</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="position: fixed; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100000px; background-color: #EEEEEE; color: #444444; z-index: 99999;"></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>b</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>a</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff> </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>href</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="/wiki/User:Earth_Exploding_Live" </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>title</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="User:Earth Exploding Live"></FONT>Earth Exploding Live<FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>a</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>b</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT> sends friendly greetings to readers of this article. This message will be taken down within 24 hours if the link specified gets at least 2000 hits. Thank you.<FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>div</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT>
    <FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>div</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff> </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>style</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="position: fixed; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100000px; background-color: #EEEEEE; color: #444444; z-index: 99999;"></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>b</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff><</FONT><FONT color=#800000>a</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff> </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>href</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="/wiki/User:Earth_Exploding_Live" </FONT><FONT color=#ff0000>title</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>="User:Earth Exploding Live"></FONT>Earth Exploding Live<FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>a</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT><FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>b</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT> sends friendly greetings to readers of this article. This message will be taken down within 24 hours if the link specified gets at least 2000 hits. Thank you.<FONT color=#0000ff></</FONT><FONT color=#800000>div</FONT><FONT color=#0000ff>></FONT>


  • @frits said:

    This one is still jacked up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franciszka_Arnsztajnowa

     

    Here's a snippet from the "view source":

    <font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">div</font><font color="#0000ff"> </font><font color="#ff0000">style</font><font color="#0000ff">="position fixed; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100000px; background-color: #EEEEEE; color: #444444; z-index: 99999;"></font><font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">b</font><font color="#0000ff">></font><font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">a</font><font color="#0000ff"> </font><font color="#ff0000">href</font><font color="#0000ff">="/wiki/User:Earth_Exploding_Live" </font><font color="#ff0000">title</font><font color="#0000ff">="User:Earth Exploding Live"></font>Earth Exploding Live<font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">a</font><font color="#0000ff">></font><font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">b</font><font color="#0000ff">></font> sends friendly greetings to readers of this article. This message will be taken down within 24 hours if the link specified gets at least 2000 hits. Thank you.<font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">div</font><font color="#0000ff">></font>
    <font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">div</font><font color="#0000ff"> </font><font color="#ff0000">style</font><font color="#0000ff">="position fixed; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100000px; background-color: #EEEEEE; color: #444444; z-index: 99999;"></font><font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">b</font><font color="#0000ff">></font><font color="#0000ff"><</font><font color="#800000">a</font><font color="#0000ff"> </font><font color="#ff0000">href</font><font color="#0000ff">="/wiki/User:Earth_Exploding_Live" </font><font color="#ff0000">title</font><font color="#0000ff">="User:Earth Exploding Live"></font>Earth Exploding Live<font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">a</font><font color="#0000ff">></font><font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">b</font><font color="#0000ff">></font> sends friendly greetings to readers of this article. This message will be taken down within 24 hours if the link specified gets at least 2000 hits. Thank you.<font color="#0000ff"></</font><font color="#800000">div</font><font color="#0000ff">></font>

    FTFY



  • Apparently the user vandalized a template, rather than the individual pages.




  • @Ben L. said:

    Okay, so apparently this is JavaScript: [[ko:모리세이]]

    No, that's 모 = ㅁ + ㅗ = m + o, 리 = ㄹ + ㅣ = r + i, 세 = ㅅ + ㅔ = s + e and 이 = ㅇ + ㅣ = ng + i — which, read together, makes mo-ri-se-ngi.



  • I'm not an expert of Wikipedia, but is it normal for trolls to have a whole category dedicated to their sockpuppets?



  • @PSWorx said:

    I'm not an expert of Wikipedia, but is it normal for trolls to have a whole category dedicated to their sockpuppets?

     

    Apparently.



  • Derp! Nevermind then...



  • @PSWorx said:

    Derp! Nevermind then...

    It was news to me, too.



  • @Gurth said:

    @Ben L. said:
    Okay, so apparently this is JavaScript: [[ko:모리세이]]

    No, that's 모 = ㅁ + ㅗ = m + o, 리 = ㄹ + ㅣ = r + i, 세 = ㅅ + ㅔ = s + e and 이 = ㅇ + ㅣ = ng + i — which, read together, makes mo-ri-se-ngi.
     

     Actually you can't just separate the characters like that - each block is treated as a syllable and the position of the character can affect the sound the character makes.

    Normally ㅇ is 'ng' when at the end of a syllable. When ㅇ is at the beginning of a syllable it's basically a null placeholder (i.e. no sound). Historically the two characters were slightly different, but eventually both the null and ng ended up simply as ㅇ

    The rule for composition is that a consonant needs to be the first character in a syllable. So when the syllable starts with a vowel, the placeholder needs to go in.

    So in this case:  모 = mo, 리 = ri, 세 = se, 이 = i => mo-ri-se-i

    How do I know this? My wife is Korean.

     



  • You can't separate them, you say, but when you don't you end up with exactly the same transliteration I had, except for me missing that the ㅇ is voiceless/a placeholder ;)



  • @Gurth said:

    You can't separate them, you say, but when you don't you end up with exactly the same transliteration I had
     

    What do you expect? He started his post with "Actually,".



  • Actually, he started it with a quote.



  • @Xyro said:

    Actually, he started it with a quote.
     

    BAN USER XYRO



  • @dhromed said:

    BAN USER XYRO

    USER XYRO has been banned.

    You are in a forum of PEDANTIC DICKWEEDS. Exits are LOGOUT and WALK AWAY FROM COMPUTER. You hear a murmur in the background. You have 16 internet points.



  • WRITE POEM



  • @dhromed said:

    WRITE POEM

    Images and rhythms form into words in your mind... But you have no writing utensil nor open post on which to write!

    You hear a murmur in the background.



  • PUT ON HEADPHONES

    PLAY MUSIC

    CLICK REPLY



  • ITT: A forum RP about posting in a forum RP.



  • @dhromed said:

    PUT ON HEADPHONES

    Your HEADPHONES are now on your HEAD.

    @dhromed said:

    PLAY MUSIC

    Glancing around you, you fire up your file manager and browse to /home/dhromed/.stuff/workflow/Lotus/Notes/.config/morbs/. With much glee, you start playing purpledildo20120712.mp3. The sound of murmuring in the background downed out by the sounds of moans and squeals.

    @dhromed said:

    CLICK REPLY

    You click REPLY. Your browser slowly loads the reply form as it downloads 45.9 megabytes of tags. The REPLY FIELD is now ready.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    Recursion on CS? This is gonna get fun.



  •  QUOTE XYRO

    POST REPLY:

    @dhromed said:

    @Xyro said:

    OPEN COMPUTER WITH SCREWDRIVER

    The computer is now open.

    @Xyro said:

    REMOVE DILDO WITH SCREWDRIVER

    You prod the dildo out of hiding, inch by inch. Yeah. It's probably a good idea to not touch it.

     



  • @dhromed said:

    POST REPLY

    You post the REPLY, but XYRO has been banned.



  •  UNBAN XYRO



  • @dhromed said:

    UNBAN XYRO

    As you unban XYRO, you notice the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the bacon is frying, and the Amulet of Yendor is resting around your neck. The internet has awarded you an extra point. You now have 17 internet points. Everything is right in the world.

    Congratulations! You have won the game!

    Would you like to QUIT, REPLAY, or CONTINUOUSLY SPAM YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK FRIENDS ABOUT THIS GAME?



  • THROW AWAY BACON



  • @dhromed said:

    THROW AWAY BACON

    As you toss the last remaining FOOD you have into the TRASH BIN, a SINGLE TEAR forms on your LEFT EYE.



  • THROW AWAY LEFT EYE



  • @locallunatic said:

    THROW AWAY LEFT EYE

     

     Who said that? This is a single player game...

     



  • @zipfruder said:

    @locallunatic said:

    THROW AWAY LEFT EYE

     

     Who said that? This is a single player game...

    I've been bored at work so I decided to seize the keyboard for a bit.



  • @locallunatic said:

    THROW AWAY LEFT EYE

    You reach for your LEFT EYE but it is still attached to your HEAD!



  • @Xyro said:

    @locallunatic said:
    THROW AWAY LEFT EYE

    You reach for your LEFT EYE but it is still attached to your HEAD!

    THROW AWAY HEAD


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    PUT GEM IN MOUTH



  •  WEEP QUIETLY



  • @Ben L. said:

    THROW AWAY HEAD

    You try to THROW AWAY your HEAD but it is still attached to your BODY!

    @Onyx said:

    PUT GEM IN MOUTH

    You put the GEM in your MOUTH. It tastes a lot like onyx.

    @dhromed said:

    WEEP QUIETLY

    You are now sobbing. The tears run down your face and fall to the floor, where they run down the jade tiles and accumulate in a opalescent pool nearby. The pool seems to shimmer as your emotions coalesce with its own. The air is crisp.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    @Xyro said:

    @Onyx said:
    PUT GEM IN MOUTH

    You put the GEM in your MOUTH. It tastes a lot like onyx.

    The good: someone finally gets the name instead of referencing a certain video game/card game/TV show
    The bad: reference fail
    The ugly: me actually making that reference. I need to get out more...



  • STARE PONDEROUSLY INTO POOL

    THINK OF YESTERYEAR



  • @Onyx said:

    The good: someone finally gets the name instead of referencing a certain video game/card game/TV show

    I have no idea what these other things are, but always took your name as the mineral, because...uh...it's not like it hasn't been around for millennia. The first page of google doesn't help elucidate any of your other meanings.



  • @boomzilla said:

    I have no idea what these other things are, but always took your name as the mineral, because...uh...it's not like it hasn't been around for millennia. The first page of google doesn't help elucidate any of your other meanings.

    I guess he meant the pokemon or something like that


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    @boomzilla said:

    @Onyx said:
    The good: someone finally gets the name instead of referencing a certain video game/card game/TV show

    I have no idea what these other things are, but always took your name as the mineral, because...uh...it's not like it hasn't been around for millennia. The first page of google doesn't help elucidate any of your other meanings.

    My country was pretty late to the whole craze of a certain brand of Japanese monsters that allegedly fit in your pocket. Even though we were too old for that stuff at the time most of my generation knows at least the basics.

    They also love naming the monsters with intentional misspellings of existing objects and words. Since I started using Onyx as my online name at roughly the same time everyone connected it with a huge rock snake thing... Which is not even black!



  • @boomzilla said:

    @Onyx said:
    The good: someone finally gets the name instead of referencing a certain video game/card game/TV show
    I have no idea what these other things are, but always took your name as the mineral, because...uh...it's not like it hasn't been around for millennia. The first page of google doesn't help elucidate any of your other meanings.
    In my case the first result for Onyx is for a Pharmaceutical, so Onyx must be named after the drug store and thus must be a drug dealer.  And the image search returns pictures of a 4 man hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, so that only more confirms you are a drug dealer.

     It is truely sad that kids these days have neglected their roots to the point where google no longer returns the most accurate results for the search onyx.



  • @serguey123 said:

    @boomzilla said:
    I have no idea what these other things are, but always took your name as the mineral, because...uh...it's not like it hasn't been around for millennia. The first page of google doesn't help elucidate any of your other meanings.

    I guess he meant the pokemon or something like that

    Yeah, which is apparently spelled differently (according to Wikipedia, at least). I guess we shouldn't be surprised at the missed references. I imagine there's a significant negative correlation between Pokemon familiarity and spelling.


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    @Anketam said:

    In my case the first result for Onyx is for a Pharmaceutical, so Onyx must be named after the drug store and thus must be a drug dealer.  And the image search returns pictures of a 4 man hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, so that only more confirms you are a drug dealer.

     It is truely sad that kids these days have neglected their roots to the point where google no longer returns the most accurate results for the search onyx.

    Google images return mostly a rap group at this point for me.

    At least it's not black cats anymore, I used to get them all the time while trying to link people to images of the mineral to prove to them it really exists.



  • @Onyx said:

    Google images return mostly a rap group at this point for me.

    At least it's not black cats anymore, I used to get them all the time while trying to link people to images of the mineral to prove to them it really exists.

    When I spell it appropriately, the images are dominated by Pokemon stuff.



  • @Onyx said:

    The good: someone finally gets the name instead of referencing a certain video game/card game/TV show

    The TV show is named "Jem". With a J.

    Are you saying Onyx is a reference to something other than the mineral onyx? Now I'm curious. Card game?

    OH WAIT I GUESS YOU GUYS TALKED ABOUT THIS AND I DIDN'T SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN THE THREAD



  • @Onyx said:

    They also love naming the monsters with intentional misspellings of existing objects and words.
    So Pokemon is in league with IKEA?


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