Germany tightens control of Wikipedia edits

Later this year, the German language version of Wikipedia will restrict instant editing and limit "trusted editors" to look over the content before it appears online, making Germany the first country to wield tighter control of the user information posted on the online encyclopaedia. The changes could be applied to the English language version of Wikipedia if feedback from users is positive. Wikipedia's accuracy and unbiased nature has been called into question many times over. More recently, changes to the online entries made from questionable sources were uncovered thanks to American student Virgil Griffith inventing a scanner that matches the IP addresses of companies and organisations to Wikipedia edits.

News source: vnunet

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Who cares?. Wikipedia IS NOT A RENOWNED ENCYCLOPEDIA it's just a bunch of copy&paste articles, fanboys and trolls territories and "i think of.." obtained from the net. Wikipedia is fairly to be the source of the truth, with a minor effort you can find plenty of errors in articles exposed in wikipedia.

Good point Glassed Silver.

The article states that it is the German language version of Wikipedia - this doesn't mean that it is the German national version of Wikipedia.

Many nationalities contribute to the English version of wikipedia - controls implemented on it aren't implemented by England. Why would this be different for the German language version?

The whole point of Wikipedia is that anyone can contribute. By restricting it, you're restricting in the input of knowledge and promoting bias.

While this would probably be a good Wikipedian policy, the government pushing it sounds bad.

Banning Nazi talk won't make them go away ... freedom might however, I hear they shrivel up when they come in to contact with it.

can you please
- print this article
- use a text marker and point me to the word "government"
- send that via mail to me

thanks in advance.

Glassed Silver:mac

What a surprise! Germany needs to get over the whole censorship thing, whether it be regarding Nazis, violent video games or Wikipedia - prohibition didn't help America and Germany's current crusade doesn't seem to be helping either... heck, race crimes are up there and so is Nazism. Instead the German government wants to hide from the past, censoring anything that it can get away with.

I'm not complaining about validating edits as that could be the future for Wikipedia (if it is to be trusted) but it's sad, and rather predictable, that Germany would be the first to take this action.

Isnt that a bit of an over reaction? Altho I agree it doesnt feel right....bit of an over reaction on Germany's part.
I only use wikipedia for a loose source of info on my way to finding more info....is this really a problem?

prohibition didn't help America

I agree with you there..it gave us friggin Ted Kennedy.

Dakkaroth said,
lol, that's why Return to Castle Wolfenstein's banned there, if I'm not mistaken.

It's not, just the Swastika's and other art are altered.

Kuja said,

It's not, just the Swastika's and other art are altered.

Oh really? I recall seeing it on their site a long time ago saying junk about it not being allowed in Germany. I guess they changed their decision since then~

What a surprise! Germany needs to get over the whole censorship thing

I'm sure people like you don't really care in order to best use this opportunity to turn this into a nation-bashing thread, but as the article says, and as has been up in the air for quite some time now, this seems like an experimental system that is added now in Germany and may make its rounds more internationally if it's successful.

Also, since this is a privately owned company, it's as little censorship as a Neowin moderator banning someone who has done one too many bad posts, or keeping themselves updated on what a suspicious poster posts. That user is now not really "censored", it's more about the paying the consequences from violating the terms of use of said website.

Further, people *will* still be free to make edits, it's just going through a quality control first, much like it does in real "physical" encyclopedias. The process is called "peer reviewing", and has very little to do with censorship, and is very common in e.g. the field of science before articles are published. It's done for similar reasons as on Wikipedia -- just so as few nutjobs as possible will publish e.g. poorly researched or documented material and draw the institution into bad light.

So please, please, let us lay down the hatchets for once?