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Wikipedia seems to be determined to raise their accuracy standards, because they are now introducing the ability to write a page in “draft” mode. Similar to WordPress (which MakeUseOf and millions of other sites are published on), you can work on an article and save it in draft mode, not publishing it until it is truly ready for prime-time.

For those of you who have published on Wikipedia in the past (especially those of you who have started new pages), you know getting it right is absolutely essential. Accuracy is extremely important, and the Wikipedia editors are always monitoring new submissions to see if they meet the high standards of the site. If not, the pages / submissions get deleted right away. After all, if a teenager sitting in their bedroom is copying Wikipedia for their school homework, the site has to be just perfect.

As a result, a lot gets deleted (Wikipedia says 80% by new users), because the emphasis is on getting it out there right away. Speed is of the essence, so type what you know, and hit that “publish” button. As a result, Wikipedia has ballooned into one of the biggest and most referenced sites on the web.

The draft feature is a great move, because from personal experience, I know how frustrating it is to work on a Wikipedia page, and have it deleted by an editor because of some unintentional infraction or another. By writing in draft mode, you can take your time with what you are working on, and get feedback from editors.

Wikipedia is keen to stress that every article on the site is “a work in progress”, (essentially a “permanent draft”), so anything you type there will be altered by another user eventually at some point in the future.  So this new draft feature is just being added for those who want the time to work on their contribution without the pressure to publish.

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Source: Wikimedia Foundation Blog

  1. ebarbour
    January 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    The "Visual Editor" was a failure. The "FLOW" system was a failure. And now, the WMF's incompetent development staff is trying yet another "magical trick" to goose up its sagging editor ranks.

    Now that the WMF is rolling in money (they made close to $50 million last year), they've hired a bunch of their twisted little fanboys, and given them jobs--developing bad software. Thanks, Jimbo! Thanks, Google!

    STOP DONATING TO WIKIPEDIA. If you want to "help people", give that money to a legitimate charity.

  2. Michael Wood
    January 1, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Again, this feature already exists and has so for many years. This is just the Wikimedia Foundation putting up smoke and mirrors to get from under their most recent negative press. It's what they do. Duck and cover, then act like nothing happened. Bravo, WMF, you got yet another website to publish your press release.

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