City WSDOT spinning Wikipedia?
posted by October 27 at 16:20 PMon
Seattlest has a fun scoop on someone tampering with the Viaduct’s Wikipedia entry to make the aging arterial seem more important than it is.
The now-defunct revision of the Viaduct’s entry, edited September 21st, read like this:
It is the smaller of the two major traffic corridors through Seattle, carrying up to 110,000 vehicles per day. Interstate 5, the city’s other major traffic corridor, handles about three times as many vehicles. The viaduct runs from S. Nevada Street in the south to the entrance of Belltown’s Battery Street Tunnel in the north.
Then this afternoon comes a revision from a new user called “WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Project”, who changed the entry to
It a primary north-south route through Seattle, carrying 110,000 vehicles per day, or about 20 to 25 percent of traffic traveling through downtown. The only other significant north-south route to and through downtown Seattle is Interstate 5. Interstate 5 handles about three times as many vehicles, but does not have the capacity to add trips searching for an alternative to the viaduct.
They also rework the “alternatives” section to conspicuously leave out the surface-transit option.
I’ve got few theories on the culprit: either this is some WSDOT employee taking matters into his or her own hands or you Viaduct-obsessors have taken passive-agressiveness to new heights, duking it out on the internet encyclopedia.
Do your own sleuthing on the revisions here.