Vandalism is currently encouraged by the wikipedia- vandalisations go 'live'
immediately and the vandals get immediate positive feedback, encouraging their
The proposal is for edits by anonymous editors and new editors to be delayed
from being the current generally displayed version for a period of time; for the
sake of argument, for 1 day after the article has ceased being edited.
Experienced editors would get their edits shown immediately as now.
This mechanism would give the experienced users a chance to see the change and
remove inappropriate edits; via the existing watchlist mechanism. It also
discourages the vandals, and permits the first time editors to tidy up their own
edits (i.e. "can I really edit this??" edits).
The implementation of the idea would require having a list of recently edited
pages that have been edited by 'newbies' and rendering them differently. Since
this only applies to pages that have been edited within the period of time, the
list would be reasonably short and is unlikely to impact performance of the wiki
Differences from similar ideas:
- semiprotection forbids new users from editing entirely; this idea allows it,
but in a controlled way
- unlike semiprotection this idea scales to the entire wikipedia, and minimises
the amount of work the admins would need to do.
- voting is much more complex way to do similar things, but in a wiki voting has
many pathologies; cabals can form and the concept of quorate is not well
defined; in addition, requiring voting can stop articles going live entirely if
nobody ever votes etc. etc.