engine - 11:44 am on May 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
Wikimedia's Wales gives up some top-level controls [news.cnet.com]
Change is afoot in the Wikipedia community, according to a report from Fox News, but the reality may be less drastic than has been reported. However, multiple representatives from the foundation say Fox's report is not entirely accurate. Rather, Wales voluntarily gave up his special account status, according to Wikimedia Foundation's head of communications, Jay Walsh. Wales had been the lone person holding a unique "founder" status, a position above both registered editors and various levels of administrators in the editorial hierarchy within the largely volunteer community. He has now given up that special status; specifically, that means he will not be able to block users, delete pages, or "protect" pages. However, he still plans to participate as a regular user, according to Walsh.