Beware vandals! The Kingdom of Great Britain, officially called Great Britain, was a sovereign state…
Wait, why did the article start that way? That’s odd.
While correcting spelling today (looking for “britian” for “Britain”), I came across an article with an odd lead paragraph:
The Kingdom of Great Britain is a well-established article, so surely that part hasn’t always been lowercase and misspelled, but why would someone change it? I checked the article’s history and found that the previous version started like this:
Uh oh, vandalism! Is that the extent of it? Fortunately, we can see the entire edit history, going all the way back to the article’s first version in December 2002:
(That’s it! That was the whole first version of the article!)
We can browse through the recent history of the article and see exactly what changed with each edit surrounding the vandalism:
- May 22 at 7:24pm – Lazz R adjusted formatting (last good edit)
- May 26 at 3:03pm – Bobos500 replaced a reference to “New Light on George I” to the phrase “I play minecraft” and a few other non-constructive edits
- May 26 at 3:04pm – Bobos500 replaced title in the first sentence with “Pokémon go server”
- May 26 at 3:06pm – Bobos500 changed title back to “kingdom of great britian” (but lowercase and misspelled)
- May 26 at 3:16pm – an unnamed editor fixed the capitalization, but added “Beware vandals!” to the beginning of the article
- May 26 at 3:20pm – admin editor Zzuuzz reverted the “Beware vandals!” edit
- May 26 at 3:21pm – admin editor Zzuuzz looked more closely, and reverted back to the last good version by Lazz R (also removing minecraft jokes).
I didn’t get to fix the “britian” misspelling in this article after all, but there were plenty more to fix!
- Edit count: 16435
- Days remaining: 219
- Edits/day needed: 16.27
- Typos chased:
- britian -> britain