Discussion about Wikipedia on Slashdot

Apparently there’s been an announcement about tighter editorial controls being implemented by the founders of Wikipedia,
one of my favorite Internet resources. The point of a wiki is to enable
anyone to edit any content as they wish, creating information that
benefits from the collaborative process. Some idiots choose to use this
liberty to vandalize some entries, or are pig-headed enough to insist
that only their version of facts can be true. The change in editorial
policy, which is a direct response to this idiocy, has engendered a very interesting discussion on Slashdot, including comments like this one from Chris_Mahan
in response to a claim that “Wikipedia is a fundamentally flawed idea”
because the accuracy of its content is doubted due to its origins in
the wiki community:

that information is correct is always asking for trouble, regardless of
where the infomration comes from. What wikipedia allows you to do is
more easily contact the authors to validate or invalidate, as the case
may be, the factual nature of the information.

This topic has broader implications than just Wikipedia, of course. It speaks to fundamental socio-economic theories, such as the Tragedy of the Commons, and the cultural implications of innovative technology. Well worth a read.

One response to “Discussion about Wikipedia on Slashdot

  1. Wikipedia has a very big problem, and very difficult to solve. In some cases the opinions are the only thing that the wikipedians can base their articles. for example I was recently involve in one discussion about the “Democracy” of one country, I presented several proves that the country that i was talking about is a dictatorship régime, but, the responsible for watching the content of that article is a member of the political party in power, sow… instead of allowing a discussion about the subject he just erase my changes and the comments i leave in the discussing section, i thread to ban me. I agree whit the idea of the founders of wikipedia, because in the future i won waste my time witting things that are proved to be true, for someone to erase later.

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