Wikipedia protects people pages as “flagged revisions” rolls out


wikipedia-logoWikipedia moderation isn’t that new, with the German version of the site having had it since July of last year, but now a “flagged revisions” system is to be introduced on the main English language version of the online encyclopaedia in a bid to protect entries about living people.

The number of issues of deliberate vandalism or simply ill-informed updates to information pages about people is too long to list here, but has often involved derogatory and biased prose, factual errors and incorrect reporting of deaths.

“Flagged revisions” would create an additional editorial layer, whereby experienced volunteers review any changes made to people pages before they go live.

Such a move is due to the increased popularity of the site. [Read more…]