Monday, January 10, 2005

Wired News: Wikipedia Faces Growing Pains

Wired News: Wikipedia Faces Growing Pains: "The question, then, is what people should expect of Wikipedia. As it grows and becomes a repository of 2 million entries from more and more contributors, more of whom are experts in their fields, it probably will be seen as on par with the Britannicas of the world. But first it must convince those experts to become involved, and that will likely mean finding a way to make them feel welcome.
'What could ensure its survival for a very long time is a system of governance that rewards participation,' said Shirky. 'That's the hallmark of long-standing communal institutions.'"

Fascinating case study -- I often find Wikipedia useful, but I'm always mindful, when reading entries, that "actual results may vary" depending on the topic...
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