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Wikipedia Blocks Some Users From Editing Its ‘Recession’ Page

Wikipedia is changing editing rules on its “Recession” page after a fierce battle between users over its precise definition.

Starting on Wednesday, updates from unregistered users or new accounts will have to be reviewed and accepted by an editor before being visible to most readers. The move comes after the entry received dozens of edits that violated Wikipedia policies, urging editors to make the page “semi-protected,” restricting revisions.

“Semi-protected articles can only be edited by logged-in users whose accounts are at least 4 days old and have made at least 10 edits,” Wikimedia, the foundation behind Wikipedia, said in an emailed statement, adding that the policy is not uncommon for articles that receive a sudden influx of edits. “Volunteer editors use these and other tools on a regular basis to help ensure that Wikipedia content is neutral and well-sourced.” 

The frantic Wikipedia dispute, which saw hundreds of users making and reverting changes to the page, revolves around whether an economic downturn should first and foremost be defined as two quarters of falling GDP.

Data published by the US Commerce Department last week showed that gross domestic product fell at a 0.9% annualized rate in the second quarter. That follows a 1.6% decline in the first three months of the year, adding fuel to recession fears.