Why is the Bitcoin Wiki protected against editing?

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I recently found an error on the Bitcoin Wiki, when I noticed that I could not edit it.

I made an account a long time ago, so I logged into it, but still I am not able to edit pages.

Why is this? A wiki is supposed to be community-driven.

Who does have access to the wiki pages?

Steven Roose

Posted 2013-05-14T19:24:55.303

Reputation: 11 183

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– None – 2014-03-28T19:08:19.890

Answers

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To prevent vandalism and spam. You can gain edit access by making a payment (in bitcoins, of course).

The payment required is (at least) 0.001 BTC, which is actually no longer trivially small in my opinion.

BitcoinPayment is a MediaWiki extension to limit spam, by requiring a small one-time bitcoin payment before a user is allowed to edit or create pages.

While the payment is deliberately trivially small for a normal user, it presents a barrier to a mass-spammer.

Funds sent to this wiki will be used to keep the wiki online (cost of domain name and hosting), and remaining funds will be donated to the Bitcoin Foundation.

Highly Irregular

Posted 2013-05-14T19:24:55.303

Reputation: 10 692

2I prefer a captcha. – Steven Roose – 2013-05-15T07:55:51.127

1It's probably a good idea to let people know about this when they click the edit button. – Sjors Provoost – 2013-05-17T10:45:05.197

4Note that the payment system for unlocking is both outdated (0.01 BTC is not a trivial amount anymore) and defunct (it used MtGox as payment processopr). I believe it is being worked on (as of march 2014) but don't know the state. – Pieter Wuille – 2014-03-28T22:50:15.717

1You can also get edit rights by coming to IRC channel #bitcoin-wiki on Freenode, ask and stay there until someone adds you to the editors stay. – Mikko Ohtamaa – 2015-04-07T07:22:01.800