Defending Web 2_0 From Virtual Blight Presentation
Nov 5, 2008Web 2.0 Summit
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Patrols are used in Wikipedia to watch over a class of pages and take any appropriate actions. Most patrol actions are performed by individual Wikipedians, but some are performed by bots.
There is a great need for patrols in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is huge (2.6+ million articles). To help maintain reasonable quality a number of Wikipedia community members have set up long-standing patrols.
Patrols focus on various pages, noticeboards and feeds. Many of the well-known patrols have hundreds of users, and are directly responsible as a first line against vandalism, or other potential problems.
Automated scripts patrol for suspicious looking edits and bring them to the attention of a human operator. The human decides what needs to be done, and the script takes care of the details.
Rollback, Twinkle, Huggle, VandalSniper, Lupin’s Anti-Vandal Tool – all open source.
Fights lead to disruption. How we prevent fights:
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