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I've noticed that some articles cannot be edited by anonymous users. Given that vandalism and inappropriate changes are usually committed by anonymous users, why allow them to edit any articles? Despite edit wars and spirited discussions, registered users are typically well-intentioned even though they may disagree. As Memory-Alpha becomes more well-known this could become a bigger problem. And it's not like registering for an account is learning quantum mechanics. --StarFire209 18:55, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

We only block editing by anonymous editors for specific articles if an article becomes a target. Yes, most vandalism is done by anons, but most anon edits aren't vandalism. It is punishing the whole for the actions of the minority. In addition, it would mean losing one of the primary ways we get registered users, testing the waters as an anon. I started here as an anon, making edits to the Type 10 shuttlecraft article, and probably would never have registered had it not been for a good experience then. Majority of anon edits tend to not be vandalism, but quick spelling/grammar fixes and the like, and that is useful. --OuroborosCobra talk 00:20, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
Good points. Thanks. (See, I'm not always wordy.;p) – StarFire209 00:49, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

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