View Full Version : Editorial Row Engulfs Wikipedia. =/
January 26th, 2009, 01:50 PM
Well since a lot of people who use the Web get there info in Wikipedia. I just wanted to bring this up. D=
I know some of the info there is bad. But it's mostly reputable, fandom-wise. I use it for school sometimes. (I Use the references. Not the Wiki Article ^_^)
Editorial Row Engulfs Wikipedia.
The online user-generated encyclopaedia Wikipedia is considering a radical change to how it is run.
It is proposing a review of the rules, that would see revisions being approved before they were added to the site.
January 26th, 2009, 02:07 PM
Though it may be a bit drastic of a change right now, I think they've got the right idea. As it is at the moment, Wikipedia is way too susceptible to all kinds of false nonsense that people will post there. It may be kind of a drag for fandom-related articles, that aren't as "encyclopedia-like," but people should probably go to places like ANN or MobyGames for information like that anyway.
January 26th, 2009, 02:08 PM
That's good. Because a lot of members there abused the right to edit some files, making it somewhat funny and weird. Wikipedia is my favorite search tool, and many people are changing some of the files into nonsense. So there, a new rule change!
January 26th, 2009, 02:13 PM
No; that's not going to work. How many millions of articles are there on Wikipedia? How many new ones are made daily? How many edits are made daily? You can't expect a team of people to approve or disapprove every single change that's made. Everything would have to be double-checked to make sure that the edit contains nothing but the truth. How long will it take for one day's work to get approved? Two weeks? A month? Wikipedia will be pretty much rendered useless.
And besides; some of the crazy edits are hilarious. Does anyone remember Jimmy Neutron: Boy Satan? Every once in a blue moon, another Wikipedia article is vandalised and everyone has a laugh over it; the proposed flagging system will get rid of that. That means we'll never see someone make fun of Helen Keller! What sort of crazy world do you want to live in?
January 26th, 2009, 05:40 PM
I can fully understand why they are doing this, but I might not agree with it. I've edited several articles and later people came out and added material that was not correct/necessary.
I would prefer it say open, all things considered.
January 26th, 2009, 11:31 PM
I agree. I think that Wikipedia should remain as open as possible. It's perfectly ok to extend that kind of protection over articles that actually contain information. But they shouldn't have to approve new entries for things like anime and such. They should just decide which articles need that kind of protection then appoint admins and editors for articles which should be protected like that.