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The best known wiki, Wikipedia, allows the entire world to contribute content and relies on that large audience to identify and change incorrect information that is added. The fact that this doesn’t always happen promptly underlies Wikipedia’s reputation as a source that cannot always be trusted. SPE has a much smaller base of potential authors/consumers and believes that the consequences of having incorrect information available through PetroWiki are too great to rely on “crowd-sourcing” to catch errors.

Why SPE chose to moderate PetroWiki

SPE has a reputation for providing sound technical content and wants to extend that reputation to PetroWiki. SPE recognized the significance of maintaining the quality and integrity of the technical content presented on the platform. Moderation was further streamlined in 2019 with a move to a singular monitor to expedite content approval.

What moderation means

While moderation decreases the chances of inaccuracies, it does not eliminate it. Moderation does not mean that information in PetroWiki is always applicable or that it reflects the “best practice” for a given situation. The highly variable nature of hydrocarbon reservoirs, hydrocarbons themselves, surface conditions, and numerous other factors determine the techniques that are most appropriate in a given situation. Users of information in PetroWiki must apply sound engineering judgment in evaluating whether contents are applicable to their specific situation. Most articles provide links to other resources that users may find helpful in evaluating the applicability of information to their situation. See PetroWiki:Disclaimer.

How moderation works

SPE has assigned a staff moderator to review and approve/deny each edit made. When an SPE member edits a wiki page, the moderator is notified. When the moderator has reviewed and approved the edits, they are then approved and everyone will be able to see the page with those changes.

SPE appreciates the volunteer efforts of PetroWiki’s moderating champions.