Wikipedia to Impose Editing Restrictions

Vandalism prompts controls on entries about living people

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ever since it was founded eight years ago, Wikipedia has declared itself "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." But soon, not everyone will be able to edit every article. Starting in a few weeks, the Wikimedia Foundation will require changes made to entries about living people be approved a new class of experienced editors.  The move aims to curb abuse by vandals... but it complicates Wikipedia's wide-open ethos. We speak to Noam Cohen, who writes the "Link by Link" column for The New York Times.

Read Cohen's article on the changes ahead for the online encyclopedia, "Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People"

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Aug. 25 2009 12:47 PM
Richard Johnston

Wikipedia is a mess. Every article I have ever looked at is either an untelligible hodge-podge or filled with inaccuracies. I always use the -wikipedia command when I search for information now.

Aug. 25 2009 08:47 AM

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