Law in the Internet Society

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Wikis allow anyone with access to a computer in a community of any size to contribute instantly and collaborate simultaneously with very little effort. This last feature is key--wikis work largely because they are easy to access and change. Minimizing barriers to contribution can create benefits like growth and refinement. But minimizing barriers also means an increased risk of vandalism and other abuse. In order to thrive, a wiki's administrators must choose the level of openness that will best balance these benefits and risks.
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 I wonder if one solution to the repressive government/China problem might be to have a truly anonymous option that would required checking (as apparently Wikipedia is doing in Germany) by some sort of trusted moderator before appearing. This could be reserved for people who have some need for anonymity (so pro-coke entries from Coke's headquarters wouldn't be allowed, but anti-Cheny sentiments from Cuban bays would be). This would allow Wiki's some control over people like myself who wage a constant battle to have Carrot Top listed as Canadian, but allow entries from people who might really be at risk from non-anonymous posting.

-- HamiltonFalk - 17 Dec 2008 \ No newline at end of file


Thanks for this comment, Hamilton. I think that the kind of moderated system you describe is an interesting idea. is one example of a wiki that has adopted such a system. But even with Wikileaks, which is relatively specialized, there seems to be a danger of the moderators being overwhelmed and I can imagine this would only be magnified in a more general wiki. How can your solution be made scalable? How can moderators be recruited and screened effectively when there also may be a need to protect their anonymity?

-- DavidHambrick - 17 Dec 2008


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