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 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

  • This all seems to me a good deal of misplaced essentialism about what wikis "are." Communities of people use the web to collaborate, and the social practices of each community are ones that can be and probably are adapted to its needs. Anonymity, oddly enough, is an attribute of people, so the people in any given community may decide to adjust their value for it more than once in the course of the community's development. The important point is that the technology does not impose a unique answer.

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