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by Joseph Weisenthal




Floyd Landis Tries The Wikipedia Defense

from the wikis-against-doping dept

In his ongoing bid to retain his Tour De France title, alleged doper Floyd Landis has taken to the web. Earlier this week, he announced he would put his complete defense online for all to see and mull over. But simply posting some documents online isn't in itself all that impressive. What's interesting is that in addition to this, Landis has been engaging with online communities and message boards comprised of people who are interested in the case. These include avid cyclists, as well as people who are experts in forensic chemistry, law, statistics, and other fields that might relate. It's his hope that the internet will provide a mechanism for people with disparate knowledge to craft and articulate a strong defense for him. Landis himself calls it the "Wikipedia defense". Obviously, executing the Wikipedia defense might have some challenges, and online message boards might not be the best way for people to work together (perhaps he should actually put up a wiki). But it'll be an interesting experiment nonetheless into how an argument or legal defense can be a developed by a loose-knit group with a common interest.

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    Donald Duck, 14 Oct 2006 @ 3:26am

    I can waste my time on you D*** H**D

    I've read many of your stupid post before Anonymous Coward and it seems to me that you want to be the first poster in all of these techdirt blogs.

    Since you were not this time you found a spelling error and made fun of me. You have all kinds of grammar problems I can point them all out but that would waste my time.

    One post you typed in ADVISE instead of the word ADVICE.
    Where was your proficiency in that sentence?

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