Shameful, Simply And Sadly Shameful
Shameful, Simply And Sadly Shameful
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“But, very unfortunately, there is someone – or a group of people – who are going through the content of Openwaterpedia and changing the information – or deleting information – from thousands of pages,” said creator Steven Munatones. “This person – or group of people – are not deleting pages, but rather purposefully changing data on swimmers’ pages so the resultant information is incorrect.
We have no idea why someone would do this. Why would they purposefully and intentionally take information that is useful to open water swimmers and media around the world – and change the data to incorrect information? Whatever it is, they have a perverse sense of satisfaction to destroy the hard work of volunteers by purposefully changing information.
For example, we have to correct information on the pages of Hank Wise and Nejib Belhedi because someone went to their bios and changed the information. I cannot imagine why anyone would be motivated to do so.
It is shameful and has been going on for years now. The volunteers who help maintain this resource for the global open water swimming community cannot keep up with the purposeful hacking. We try, but these people keep on creating havoc.
If any swimmer or user of Openwaterpedia sees information on their own pages or pages belonging to others with incorrect information, please bring it to our attention. You can send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavor to correct the information as soon as possible.”
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.