Can't patrol stupid and blatant incorrect edits
This has been happening quite frequently recently.
My regular iFixit account now has over 1000 reputation, which is not a massive amount, but enough to start making a difference in the community, yet there are guides that I am unable to patrol. Now this shouldn’t be a problem. If a guide has a reputation limit, that should mean people with a low reputation can’t mess around with it, right? Except it’s the opposite. Any account with any reputation can make an edit and change something on any wiki/page/teardown. There is a banner that is displayed notifying the user that the page has been updated recently, and almost prompts you to switch to the unverified version by clicking on it. I find this very troublesome as some of these edits are just stupid and make no sense, such as changing the name of a device from an Apple device to a Samsung, but there is certainly potential for some maliciousness here. What if someone changed the order of instructions on a iMac repair, and simply because a technician was following instructions, they’ve now shorted a live power supply. This may seem extreme but is definitely possible, and in my opinion a problem that can be easily fixed. Almost all of the accounts making these stupid edits have 1 reputation as they’re likely newly made accounts, and anyone with a solid amount of reputation has earned it by not being an idiot.
I think the obvious and easiest solution to this problem is to use the reputation limit on the edits themselves, so new accounts with 1 reputation can’t make the dumb changes to a page, and only accounts that meet the minimum rep limit set by the page creator/owner can make edits and get the edits approved. A brand new account shouldn’t really be making major edits that can become publicly available if they aren’t “reputable” enough to patrol edits.
Let me know if I’m missing something obvious here or what, but it is becoming increasingly frustrating seeing these blatant dumb changes being made to a page, and not being able to do anything about it.
Here’s some images of an example from today:
(Account with 1 reputation changed the title of the iPhone X page to SAMSUNG S8. No clue why or what they gained from it but cool. In patrol tab, I don’t have enough reputation to deny their edit, despite having literally 1000x more reputation than them!)
Is this a good question?