Wikipedia Could Add Checkpoint Layer To Curb Bogus Information Posting

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Wikipedia. What would you ever do without it? It really makes youwonder how difficult homework is these days given that nearly everysubject on the planet is covered in one form or another on theknow-it-all website. Of course, that "easy homework" is really onlyeasy if the information that one finds is accurate, and that's why thesite's founders are cracking down on misinformation in hopes of makingthe pages we frequent so often more trustworthy.

In an effort to curb the rampant posting of bad information, thecompany is hoping to impose new restrictions on article editing, a movethat will certainly anger those who favor a more hands-off approach yetplease those who want a little more control from the men and women atthe top. For sure, the choice to leave well enough alone or interveneis a tough one. The site was born out of a love for open information,and with its founders looking to keep a closer eye on content, itcertainly makes you wonder if personal bias will ever enter theequation.



The changes aren't set in stone just yet, but it's suggested that whileanyone will still be able to edit articles, the changes won't beapproved and posted until a seasoned and trusted Wikipedia authorchecks it for accuracy. The site is currently testing the process, andif it's successful, it could apply to all entries within the next monthor so. Thankfully, you don't have to be a Wiki expert to be one thatsigns off on changes; in other words, the creators are just looking toadd a small screen in order to prevent bogus information from beingposted. If information is entered and someone that's trustworthy feelsthat nothing is wonky, it's probably good to go. So long as this wholeprocess doesn't slow down the rapid-fire updates, we're 100% fine withit. More accuracy in the information we digest daily? Sure!
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Last week someone edited Ted Kennedy's page to say he was dead. Then they crack down and fix it and 3 days later he died. creepy!

 

Also 5000 post on my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay for meBig Smile Oh but sad for ted Sad

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Aug 27 2009 3:46 PM

I read that there's a team of "reverse-fact-checkers" who run around altering reality to match the Wikipedia articles. Unfortunately, I read that on Wikipedia, so there's only a 50% chance it's true.

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