Wikipedia may edit itself

Michael Scott, the blowhard boss on the U.S. version of “The Office,” has this to say about Wikipedia:

Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.

Alas, that may be changing soon, as reported by the BBC:

Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, is proposing a system of flagged revisions, which would mean any changes made by a new or unknown user would have to be approved by one of the site’s editors, before the changes were published.

Some will dislike this change. But it’s obvious to many of us that Wikipedia is too open to mischief and ignorance, most recently in the false reports on the “deaths” of Edward Kennedy and Robert Byrd.

For more on the Wikipedia debate, be sure to check out this series of recent posts at You Don’t Say.


One Comment

  1. That’s not a major change form how things have been done but simply an improvement in the editing process. There have always been editors who worked to improve the quality of Wikipedia, and the reputation of Wikipedia users has always been highly valued. It sounds like they’re just making it more systematic.

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