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WaxRubiks
2009-Jan-20, 03:33 PM
I was wondering what happens when a page(or part of a page) gets multiple edits at the same time.

What does the wikipedia software do?

Say when Obama becomes president, I think quite a few people will try to edit his page at the same time; so which version will be accepted?

Fazor
2009-Jan-20, 04:27 PM
If they're smart, it'd lock an article for editing if accessed by too many all at once. Honestly though, I'm not sure. I don't use wikipedia beyond a jumping board for figuring out what key terms to research, or finding out about a particular band or album. :-P

nauthiz
2009-Jan-20, 04:40 PM
I don't know, why don't we ask Wikipedia's manual (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Edit_conflict)? ;)

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-20, 04:42 PM
When you do a save, or a preview, there is an alert message that shows up, warning of an edit conflict. This means somebody else saved a different version while you were editing, so to save your version would be a possible problem.

It doesn't matter how many people are editing at the time, it is a change to the database that matters.

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-20, 04:44 PM
I don't know, why don't we ask Wikipedia's manual (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Edit_conflict)? ;)

There are instructions? Holy crap. No wonder the other kids make fun of my edits.

geni
2009-Jan-20, 06:09 PM
I was wondering what happens when a page(or part of a page) gets multiple edits at the same time.

What does the wikipedia software do?

Say when Obama becomes president, I think quite a few people will try to edit his page at the same time; so which version will be accepted?

Whichever one reaches the servers first. Mediawiki can however merge edits made in different sections of a page (fortunate or things like admins noticeboard would frequently be imposible to edit).