Redvers and Jimbo made the claim that "Restrictions on editing -
specifically the ability to prevent an article from being edited - have
always existed and have always been used. Semi-protection actually
*increased* the number of people able to edit, by doing away with the need
to completely lock many articles."
So far as I remember, during the UseModWiki days there were no restrictions
on editing for a good while. Only after extended debate did Larry lock the
I believe it is false to claim that restrictions on editing have always been