Weird Wikipedia edits from the work computers of Canadian government employees
Science fiction, sandwiches and sex position names ...
We've learned so many things about what makes federal government employees tick since July 2014, when @gccaedits was born.
Dedicated solely to tracking anonymous Wikipedia edits made from government of Canada IP addresses, this Twitter bot has become an endless source of information and entertainment to roughly 7,000 followers — though it's hard to say how many more may be creeping the feed in stealth.
We don't know who they are or which positions they hold within the federal government, but thanks to Gov. of Canada edits, we now know that:
- At least one Shared Services Canada employee likes the Canadian rock band Rush a lot.
- Someone within the Department of National Defence finds Cadbury's Caramilk chocolate bars sub-par.
- Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic's last name isn't pronounced "poopitch," despite what a 2015 edit made from a Shared Services computer might lead you to believe.
These factoids may be fun, but they're relatively rare. Many of the automated edits revealed by Gov. of Canada are unremarkable, in fact, linking to articles about government programs, politicians, public figures and wildlife.
Every so often, though, @gccaedits delivers — like when someone using an Environment Canada computer edited the description on a Wikimedia photograph to clarify that the sex act pictured in it "is not doggy style."
Here are some of the most interesting Wikipedia edits made from federal government IP addresses this year so far, as well as the reactions they generated on Twitter: