Not to be arrogant or anything, but this is how a St. X graduate treats a Wikipedia article about Moeller High School:
- He rewrites its “History” section, removing text that plagiarizes Moeller’s website.
- He improves the wording of its “Academics” section, citing sources where appropriate.
This is how Moeller fans treat a Wikipedia article about St. X:
- They delete its content, filling the page with profanity and non-encyclopedic cheers for Moeller.
- Just two minutes after an anonymous St. X fan replaces the profanity with non-encyclopedic, non-inflammatory cheers for St. X, an anonymous Moeller fan strikes back with more profanity.
- Another anonymous Moeller fan, clearly a big fan of old jokes, sees fit to mock the school’s motto.
All this since Friday. What the fans are banned from shouting in the stands, they shout online. No surprise there. I should note that it’s not just Moeller fans: on Wednesday, a Regis Jesuit (Colorado) fan rambled on about how much better their team was, right in the middle of the St. X article. And I always see petty vandalism on high school articles, including when people from my graduating class libeled some of our classmates. But Moeller fans should know better than to deface an article on their athletic rival. This isn’t a Facebook wall; it’s an educational resource. And Moeller, with its “reputation for … academic and athletic excellence,” surely understands the implications of that.