ian.woollard at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 20:22:43 UTC 2006
On 09/10/06, daniwo59 at aol.com <daniwo59 at aol.com> wrote:
> Which brings us back to Fleshlight. It was the subject of a subtle edit war
> between the company that manufactures it, and a similar company which wanted
> to have an external link on the Fleshlight page.
I think that this is one of the big advantages of German-style ideas
like [[Wikipedia:Timed article change stabilisation mechanism]].
It makes it much more expensive to link farm (since they have to make
~50 good edits before changes appear, which costs *time* and hence
(for a company) *money*). They *need* the edits to quickly appear;
because they often get reverted quite quickly, adding a time delay
puts a spanner in the works for them.
Fundamentally, these kinds of ideas primarily add *visibility* about
the editors identities; it gives incentives not to be anonymous, not
to vandalise, and not to link farm, but as soon as editors register
accounts, then the wikipedia has a way of tracking and gaining
visibility of the editors character; without in any way necessarily
giving away their true identity. And these schemes do it without
preventing anonymous editors from making useful contributions.
"Victory can be perceived but not created."
For your own security, the Department of Homeland Security is watching you.
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