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Flagged revisions is a planned editorial policy of English Wikipedia aimed at "imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people".[1] It was announced in August 2009, after a poll found that 80% of the users were in favor of it.[2] It provisions for "experienced volunteer editors" to approve changes to some articles.[2][3][4] It is already in use in the German Wikipedia,[1] where all articles are subject to this policy.[4] In the English Wikipedia, a two-months initial trial is envisaged,[2] but it's possible that all articles may be covered by this feature in the future, just like in the German Wikipedia.[4] The New York Times remarked that the new policy divides Wikipedia users in two classes: "experienced, trusted editors, and everyone else—altering Wikipedia’s implicit notion that everyone has an equal right to edit entries".[1] Brennon Slattery of PCWorld reported that "some bloggers" received the announced changed as a "failure" of the philosophy behind Wikipedia.[4] According to the chairman of the Wikimedia board, Michael Snow, there is less tolerance now for "inaccurate or fudged" articles.[1] The feature is based on a plug-in for the MediaWiki software that prevents recent changes to wiki articles from being displayed to all readers until they have been ratified by editors with special permissions.

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