Monday, August 24, 2009

Wikipedia Bends, Kind of Breaks

The New York Ties is reporting that Wikipedia has succumbed to the fact that it is far too important to be left to the unchecked devices of random internet surfers.

"Officials at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit in San Francisco that governs Wikipedia, say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people."

That step probably doesn't go far enough but who am I to say. I am surprised that there haven't been more large, embarrassing incidents given to fact that anyone could until now edit away regardless of veracity, at least until someone caught the error or ruse.

It was kind of like much of the rest of the web, where instant gratification is more important than fact checking, spelling and grammar. That being said, I use Wiki all the time - but not for researching anything serious.

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