Submissions/Flagged Revisions - a step forward never taken?

From Wikimania 2011 • Haifa, Israel

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Title of the submission

Flagged Revisions - a step forward never taken ?

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Victoria Doronina aka Mstislavl

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Country of origin

United Kingdom

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Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

Flagged Revisions (Pending Changes) - MediaWiki extension, which introduces two new level of edits/articles reliability: Sighted (patrolled) and Quality (reviewed). Patrolling allows experienced users check articles for minimal level of suitability to Wikipedia standards. "Reviewed" status allows to an independent reviewer to acknowledge a certain version of an article as verified. FR allows to see at a glance at the watchlist, which articles has been modified by non-reviewers saving time and effort.

Unlike some previous MediaWiki extensions, switching on FR is optional. The communities can set up their own level of patrolling and reviewing standards, for example, Russian Wikipedia shows all edits immediately while in German Wikipedia all edits of non-patrollers should be approved to become visible.

This feature that allows to display a certain version of an article to a reader while saving all contributions, proved to be most controversial, the main argument being that it restricts the fundamental "can be edited by anybody" principle of Wikipedia.

While FR is available from 2008, among the ten most advanced Wikipedias only the German, Russian and Polish had fully implemented it with the English Wikipedia using it for some articles.

The statistics of switching FR on in the Wikipedias is as follows:

2008 - 7 projects 2009 - 2 projects 2010 - 2 projects

Showing that despite its advantages and absence of switching off, as a widely implemented feature FR failed to win widespread support.

If selected, in my presentation I will

  • Describe the process of introduction and eventual acceptance of FR in the Russian Wikipedia including associated conflict and its' resolution
  • Present statistics of page patrolling
  • Discuss its' impact on the community
  • Argue that positive impact of the extension far outweighs its' negative sides.

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  1. CT Cooper · talk 12:08, 31 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Yes, I am interested. -- Comment: Did you do any research about non-'pedia Wikimedia projects (e.g.: Wikisource) in various languages? You may wish to use the remaining time you have till the convention date to do that. I can only speak for my own little corner, Wikitext. We have chosen to implement FR. Like ru.wikipedia, we show all edits immediately. If an "approved" article is later edited, the reader of the article gets notified that the current version differs from the earlier "stable" one, until it, too, is "approved." Nahum 03:54, 13 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Yaron Koren 14:39, 17 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Marcus Cyron 15:12, 19 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Vibhijain 07:13, 8 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Nemo 20:23, 12 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Orimosenzon 21:42, 12 June 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  8. I am very interested in this and i second Nahum's comment - non-Wikipedia projects are worth looking at from this perspective. Amir E. Aharoni
  9. Ruslik 08:46, 25 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Shovel 11:11, 25 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Yakudza 13:56, 26 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  12. MetalBrasil 19:01, 27 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Waldir 22:36, 31 July 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  14. MARVEL 11:05, 1 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]