Wikipedia is a bit like a duck. Calm on the surface, and paddling like crazy underneath. Authors often have long discussions over what should go into an article. As you might imagine, this can lead to some truly excellent nerd fights. Wikipedia has a page highlighting some of the lamest edit wars ever. Apparently the aluminum/aluminium war has been waged for ages and left countless victims in its horrible wake:
US English is well known for spelling things how they are pronounced, because the stupid idiots can’t understand anything el- I’m sorry. What I mean to say is, here in Britain I have said ‘alumin-yum’ many times, but that is merely a contraction. The proper way to pronounce it is ‘alumin-ee-yum’, and the spelling should reflect this.
You can go to any article and click the ‘Discussion’ and ‘History’ tabs at the top to get the ‘story behind the story’. This sort of open debate is why Wikipedia is great.
There is, of course, an edit war occurring with regards to the contents of the ‘Lame Edit Wars’ page.