NY Times reports Wikipedia is going to implement further restrictions in an attempt to become more dependable. Within weeks, the English-language edition of the online encyclopedia project will begin imposing editorial reviews on articles about living people:
The new feature, called “flagged revisions,” will require that an experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia sign off on any change made by the public before it can go live. Until the change is approved — or in Wikispeak, flagged — it will sit invisibly on Wikipedia’s servers, and visitors will be directed to the earlier version.
The change is part of a growing realization on the part of Wikipedia’s leaders that as the site grows more influential, they must transform its embrace-the-chaos culture into something more mature and dependable.