Wikipedia: No More Changes to Articles on People without Approval

Paul Lilly

In the very near future, Wikipedia will add a new feature called "flagged revisions," which will require that an experienced volunteer editor for the social encyclopedia approve any changes made by the public before the changes go live. This new layer will only be applied to articles about living people, at least initially.

"We are no longer at the point that it is acceptable to throw things at the wall and see what sticks," said Michael Snow, a lawyer in Seattle who is the chairman of the Wikimedia board. "There was a time probably when the community was more forgiving of things that were inaccurate or fudged in some fashion -- whether simply misunderstood or an author had some ax to grind. There is less tolerance for that sort of problem now."

The new feature, which will be implemented in the coming weeks, will separate Wikipedia's contributors into two classes -- experienced, trusted editors, and everyone else, The New York Times points out. But advocates point out this is a small price to pay if flagged revisions prove effective in catching hoaxes and improving the overall accuracy of Wikipedia's content.

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