Editorial Oversight For Wikipedia?

wikipediaby Catherine L. Tully

Well, well. Interesting developments over at Wikipedia! According to a recent article on CNN.com, the online encyclopedia known for its “anyone can edit” philosophy is changing the game.

You see, they are going to have editors now…although it is unclear what pages will be under the watchful eye of a volunteer who is reviewing the content for accuracy. Personally, I’m delighted! As a writer, I have a love/hate thing with Wikipedia…

I love the fact that I can find information on there that is very hard to find otherwise. I hate the fact that I can’t actually use it as a source. (Note to new writers…you can’t use it for factual information. Only as a jumping off point for more research.)

For writers, it would be great if Wikipedia turned into a reliable, legitimate source, but even with the new system, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. Even so, it’s interesting to see things moving in this direction rather than the other way around. Personally, I think it’s a change for the better!