E-democracy gets restricted
By none other than Wiki!
Jimmy Wales, head honcho and co-founder of the online
encyclopedia anyone can edit, proposed last week to change the Web
site’s entire operating concept so that, well, not just anyone can edit
What prompted this change of heart? The fact that Wikipedia briefly
killed off both Sen. Ted Kennedy and his longtime colleague Sen. Robert
Byrd after they collapsed at President Obama’s inauguration…
It is truly amazing how fast the information gets on Wiki mere
moments after someone passes away, or someone is elected to a new
office, or some other big news happens. And that access to everyone to
update and add on to Wiki is also its downside, as you can see by
looking up any controversial word. The entry is always being contested.
Wikipedia already “protects” certain pages — for
example, almost anything on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — using a
similar method so that passionate users don’t skew them toward favoring
a point of view.
So they’ll be policing it more.
Given the often contentious debate on Wikipedia user
forums, Wales’ suggestion was surprisingly well received, with the most
salient argument against it being simply that it would create too much
work. (Almost all high-level Wikipedia editors work without pay.)
(Know the feeling.)
For now, it’s not clear when Flagged Revisions policy would go into effect, and Wales insists it would be only a test.
Look his at his face. He doesn’t seem too convincing.
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