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Aug252009

Wikipedia “flagged revisions” to limit changes to articles on people

Wikipedia, founded about eight years ago, to create a free encyclopedia from the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably improve, the content – is making a move away from a democratic free-for-all system, where anyone and everyone can edit any article. Officials at Wikimedia Foundation, say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people. The new feature, called “flagged revisions,” will require that an experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia sign off on any change made by the public before it can go live. Until the change’s approved or in Wikispeak, flagged, it’ll sit invisibly on Wikipedia’s servers, and visitors’ll be directed to the earlier version. German-language version of Wikipedia implemented the system last year, NYTimes.

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