The Guardian reports that Wikipedia is considering a fundamental shift in editorial policy. Wikipedia was built on an ‘open source’ editorial model which, though it has been tweaked over the years, still remains essentially open. Jimmy Wales is now proposing that all changes may need to be reviewed by Wikipedia editors.
Personally speaking, I think that Wikipedia needs to stay as open as is possible and resist the urge to close its doors every time someone takes a shot at it for inaccuracy. I accept that tightening some of the editorial controls is probably necessary, however, if by doing so the whole nature of the enterprise is fundamentally altered, then I’m against it. I’d always err on the side of openness, accepting that there will be the odd controversy about inaccuracy now and again.