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?

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    – user14888
    Mar 28 '14 at 19:08

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.

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    I prefer a captcha. May 15 '13 at 7:55
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    It's probably a good idea to let people know about this when they click the edit button. May 17 '13 at 10:45
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    Note that the payment system for unlocking is both outdated (0.01 BTC is not a trivial amount anymore) and defunct (it used MtGox as payment processopr).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. Mar 28 '14 at 22:50
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    You 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. Apr 7 '15 at 7:22

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