Toward a Better Wikipedia

But even while Wikipedia’s vast scope exceeds that of traditional encyclopedias such as Britannica, Wales said Wikipedia would become even more valuable if entries were written less choppily, for example, or better identified their sources.

“Although we’ve always had this goal of Britannica quality or better, we’re not there yet,” he said. “We can no longer feel satisfied and happy when we see these (article) numbers going up…. We should continue to turn our attention away from growth and towards quality.”

Read this article from WIRED and, for fun, explore coverage of Stephen Colbert’s wiki contributions and tap the story of Simon Pulsifer (aka SimonP) the purported king of Wikipedia contribuitions.

UPDATEMetaFilter provides links on the topic including Lawrence Lessig‘s thoughts on the Wiki as a tool of democratization.


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