Building a vandal-proof Wiki

In the German system, any user will still be allowed to make edits to any article. Those edits won’t show up in the live version of the site, though, until a registered user with a certain level of time and experience approves the changes. It’s a simple change, but one that could prevent the most juvenile forms of vandalism from ever appearing on the main site, which should do much to remove the appeal of vandalizing articles.

Read this article from Ars, plus an older one from the Times UK about the rise of Wiki(pedia) vandalism. Wikipedia’s “Vandalism” page also addresses the issue.

Previously on WNM: Toward a Better Wikipedia (including information about Wikipedia’s celebrity vandal, Stephen Colbert)


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