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There are several ways to fix errors or inaccuracies you notice on Judgepedia.

What constitutes an error

An error, as the term applies to wiki articles, is usually grammatical, typographical, or factual; more complex errors are discussed below. Lack of relevant information does not usually constitute an error. There are many stub pages on Judgepedia with much less information than would be ideal, and even well-developed pages can nearly always be improved by the addition of more information. If you find an article that you think should be expanded, or if you have information which you think belongs in some article(s) on Judgepedia, please use the links in the right sidebar for tips on how to get that information onto the wiki. Building a comprehensive, up-to-date encyclopedia about everything judicial is the aim of this wiki, but it is and always will be a work in progress. Lack of relevant information is a constant difficulty, which we hope you will help us address. If you have a question about adding to a particular article and can't find the answer on the wiki itself, the best person to talk to is someone who has worked on that particular article. Accordingly, you can go to the "history" tab on the article in question, find a user who has done a lot of work on that page, and post your question or comment on that user's talk page.

First and best option

The first option to take when you notice an error is to try to fix it yourself. Take the 5-minute tutorial to learn how to edit (fix/improve) articles.


How do you report an error?
Send an email to editor@judgepedia.org

Complicated errors

Not all errors are errors of simple fact, grammar or typography. More complicated concerns are about balance, context, tone and fairness. Here are some suggestions for dealing with those concerns.

  • Post a note on the article's 'talk' page describing the error or inaccuracy and saying what you think should be done about it. This is an especially good step to take if your objection to the article is not that it has a fact wrong, but is about the tone or balance (fairness) of the article.
  • If no one has responded to your talk page comment within a reasonable amount of time, then make the change you feel best addresses your concern on the article itself.
  • If your proposed change is likely to be controversial, it is especially helpful to try to talk it through on the talk page first, rather than getting into an "edit war" on the main article.

Report an error

If you can't fix an error yourself, you can report it.

Issue with new user registration

As of July 28, 2011, the ability of new users to register a user account on Judgepedia was temporarily turned off.

This was done because the Captcha system in use on Judgepedia to ensure that new users are real people, as opposed to spambots, was overwhelmed by a particularly aggressive spambot program that was creating dozens of new fake users, and new inappropriate articles, every day.

Judgepedia's staff monitored the situation to see if Captcha found a security patch to guard against this new breed of spambom.

In January 2012, Judgepedia again allowed new users to register themselves. After a short time, this was disabled due to a similar situation with spam. Registration has occurred manually since then.

If you want to register at Judgepedia but you have been blocked from doing so, we can add you as a new user manually. To cause that to happen, email newuser@judgepedia.org with your request. If your request is sent within business hours, you should receive a registration within an hour.

Timeline:

  • On February 4, 2011, we conducted a test on Judgepedia's sister site (Ballotpedia) for 12 hours with allowing new users to once again register. This test indicated that many spambots were still able to get through Captcha's defenses.
  • On February 13-14, 2011, we conducted a test of once again allowing new user registrations on Judgepedia for slightly less than a day. Many spambots were still getting through, so on the morning of February 14, we again turned off the ability of new users to register.
  • On February 24, 2011, we re-enabled new user registration.
  • On July 28, 2011, we again disabled new user registration, following the appearance of aggressive, new, Captcha-evading spambots.
  • In January 2012, we re-enabled new user registration.
  • Later that month, we again disabled new user registration, following the appearance of aggressive, new, Captcha-evading spambots.
  • In February 2013, new user registration was turned on for one hour, than promptly turned off when more than 10 spamming "new users" signed up and vandalized the wiki.