To get up to speed on Wiki's and how the community content process works, I posted a few things about my hometown on www.wikipedia.org under the dedicated encylopedia entry for my town. Now, my town is small (~50K population) and I wouldn't think anyone is taking an active interest in the post. Was I wrong. I posted my name under the "natives" section, which lists natives of my town, and someone removed me. I posted again, someone removed my name again. More due to a stubborn streak than anything else, this process has gone through 8 cycles over the last month of me posting, being erased and posting again.
Today, I learned how to track changes. One single person has been removing my name from the "natives" section and justifying it with the comment "fixing vandalism". It's interesting. I think I'm adding valuable information (I am a native of the town and have accomplished things at least on par with some of the other natives in terms of societal impact). My nemesis apparently has some strong ideas about the filter through which notable natives must pass and keeps removing me. I'll enjoy seeing how this plays out - an experiment on how the community content process works. The broader implications are more serious. I've spoke to people who use wikipedia as a first source of information. To be useful, the process has to achieve a balance between the information zealots who might provide structure and the perceived "vandals". I'll see if I can virtually go home again.