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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 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


I think the best way to get moderators is the sort of people who are registered users on Wikipedia now. You create some test/requirements of editing and having been approved by the wiki community, and let users be the moderators. I think it would be difficult to have anonymous moderators, but are they necessary?

-- HamiltonFalk - 17 Dec 2008


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