Wikipedia is changing the editing permissions for users who try to page for “recession” following a disagreement over its exact definition.
Wikimedia, the company that runs the online encyclopedia, will force new and anonymous users to have their updates reviewed and accepted by an editor before their changes are made public on the page. Last week did the Department of Commerce The US economy shrank for the second straight quarter.
“Semi-protected articles can only be edited by logged in users whose account is at least 4 days old and has made at least 10 edits,” Wikimedia said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “Volunteer editors use these and other tools on a regular basis to ensure that Wikipedia content is neutral and well-sourced.”
Originally, recession was defined as two straight quarters of falling gross domestic product. US GDP fell at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the second quarter, following a 1.6% decline in the first quarter of 2022.
However, the news caused a debate with Wikipedia users who rushed to the page and changed the exact definition of the term. Initially, the company semi-locked the page, meaning that only users who had accounts for at least four days and 10 verified edits could make changes to the “retrograde” page.
The encyclopedia plans to lift the ban and let volunteer editors handle all requested changes.
“Volunteer editors know this, and have created tools and mechanisms to respond to the influx of changes to articles in the public eye in order to maintain the standards of neutrality and verifiability that govern the site,” said a Wikimedia spokesperson. . The Hill. msgstr “One common tool they use is to protect an item.”
Currently, Wikipedia’s definition of recession says, “Although the definition of recession varies between countries and different scholars, two consecutive quarters of decline in a country’s gross domestic product (real GDP) is commonly used as a practical definition of recession . “