The Greatest and Most Dramatic Wikipedia Edit Wars

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Illustration for article titled The Greatest and Most Dramatic Wikipedia Edit Wars
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Aluminium or Aluminum? Should a photo of a giant spider be placed in the entry for arachnophobia? Are Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader considered the same character? What does "pwned" mean? These are the questions which began some of the greatest edit wars on Wikipedia.

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The numbers on the illustration indicate how many edits a particular dispute caused on the corresponding Wikipedia entry while the colors indicate the category a disagreement falls into.

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DISCUSSION

Aluminum is the correct spelling. Know how I know? A FREAKING BRIT DISCOVERED AND NAMED IT THAT (maybe not discovered, but the name was given by a Brit).

So what happens? Years later the other Brits Brit up it's spelling and add a stupid fucking extra vowel.

Jaguar? Jag-waar to anyone sane, but to a Brit it's a Jag-you-are.

But aluminum still takes the cake, because it's Brits being assholes to another Brit.