August 29, 2006

Wikipedia policy change non-event

by Brian Turner

Computers & Internet

EDIT: This item has been edited & corrected after contact by Wikipedia staff Jimmy Wales and David Gerard.

Original concerns were raised by Bill Thompson of the BBC, that among new proposals for the Wikipedia, included the ability to prevent people making changes to pages that can be immediately seen by visitors, without editorial approval.

That lead to the mistaken impression that the policy change would apply to all Wikipedia entries.

However, after contact with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, he has made it clear that this policy change will only apply to a small sub-set of pages that are otherwise locked to prevent user editing.

So the Wikipedia will remain free and open to normal user contributions as normal, with the additional emphasis of trying to remove any existing restrictions where possible.

This correction invalidates the original article posted here, which raised concerns about the possibility of perceived restrictions being applied to Wikipedia – which was obviously completely errant.

Platinax would like to apologise for any misunderstandings caused by the previously inaccurate article.

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