May 20, 2022

Online Hoax: Fake Wikipedia Entry on Bicholim Conflict Finally Deleted After Five Years

From PC World:

Wikipedia’s volunteer editors recently removed an elaborate article that purported to describe the “Bicholim Conflict.” The 4,500-word article spoke of an undeclared war between colonial Portugal and India’s Maratha Empire that eventually ended in a peace treaty, laying the groundwork for the independent Indian state of Goa.

As the Daily Dot reports, that story is completely bogus. There was no Bicholim Conflict. The article’s footnotes cited books that don’t exist. And yet, the entry was labeled a “Good Article” by editors just two months after its creation in July 2007.

Read the Complete PC World Article

See Also: After a half-decade, massive Wikipedia hoax finally exposed (via The Daily Dot)

See Also: The 10 Biggest Hoaxes in Wikipedia’s First 10 Years (via Network World)

See Also: Important Read: Archivist Jason Scott Has A Lot to Say About Wikipedia (December 12, 2012)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.