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comment by nyfiken
nyfiken  ·  2391 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Can Wikipedia Survive? - The New York Times

In my opinion, the biggest threat to wikipedia is people trying to deliberately subvert it: People injecting propaganda and hidden advertisements into it.

Regolith  ·  2389 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's doubtless a threat to Wikipedia, and a sustained one, but Wikipedia's well equipped to handle it.

I spent several years as an anti-vandal editor; even back then editors had a huge and powerful suite of tools to quickly, easily, and accurately contextualise edits and revert them; I regularly checked several hundred edits an hour. Every edit is reviewed by a small army of diligent people checking facts, rephrasing contributions, and warning/banning offenders; it's less a question of if a mal-intended edit would be reverted, and more when it would be reverted (Generally in the first half-minute, rarely more than a few minutes)

I stopped patrolling edits because I felt I was simply spending my time making an already very efficient machine only seconds more efficient; there were better things to do with my time.