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Wikipedia at a turning point

Wiki Wikipedia really is the "first draft of history" and more than that, maybe a vital part of how our species is working together for the common good.

Today, I step up my personal involvement, hopefully to play a very minor role is creating a better immune system to protect against infection like that posed by astroturfers.

However, Barry Newstead has a lot to say about what's going on in Wikipedia's Community Is at an Inflection Point

Wikimedia is engaged in the community's first-ever strategic planning
process. The challenge of participation in the community is a primary
thrust of the work. Our animating question is: what will it take to
cultivate, grow and sustain a strong community to support the next
stage of Wikimedia's development?


The community is already responding to the desire for greater depth and
accuracy by tightening policies and generally managing the site more
aggressively. The problem is that the community's response has
generated the consequence (unintended, I think) that it is harder for
new contributors to break in and a growing group of community members
are turned off by the bruising nature of engagement in some areas of
Wikimedia.

Lots more to come.

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26 Responses to Wikipedia at a turning point

Dave Winer says:

How about protecting Wikipedia against people with an axe to grind? My bio has been a battleground. I can't even read it. It's really unfair. I point to Wikipedia all the time, but I'm aware that it can easily be hijacked by people with a grudge. Maybe you can figure out a way to help protect it against malice, not just greed.

David Gerard says:

My suggestion is to widely publicise this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Missing_encyclopedic_articles
There's a METRIC CRAPLOAD of stuff waiting to be written. I was bored and at a loose end and looked through the pile of red links. I just wrote an article and made a pile of redirects to make existing articles more findable.
The 3,000,000 fruit on the ground may have been picked up, but there's still lots of low-hanging fruit in reach.

StevenWalling says:

Dave,
If you have a problem with your bio, I'd suggest just sending an email to the volunteer OTRS response team. They're a bunch of Wikipedians who take helping people with their bios very seriously and would be happy to help.

Thecancer says:

I read your link too. It sounds like an attempt to control the democratic process by a minority of people who think they know how best to run the country. The big question, of course, is which minority gets to set the rules.

twodogkd says:

Need to protect wikipedia from commerical/political interests wherein paid folks may want to slant the story about this or that.
How to protect from that I don't know.
Hugh task.
Wikipedia is a wonderous resource.
Might be good for the worlds jr or sr high schools to include training in the computer classes on how to access and and use wiki, or perhaps not.
Or rather than have the establishment teach this perhaps perhaps develop a simple program so that wikipedia eggheads across america could teach afterschool free classes or classes at senior centers or at adult training facilities or other venues for young people jr, senior, young adults or adults.
Or perhaps a online or youtube video for how to do this or that on wikipedia for those that wish to learn at their pace.
Tough issues, solved one person at a time

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Thanks,for bringing this to our attention. From out here on the fringe the turmoil appears so chaotic that I can only watch the players and hope the turbulence is advancing our understanding of how our world works. It's reassuring to know that you and others who have garnered the kind of integrity that warrants a certain degree of respect that success alone cannot achieve are not just working on the behalf of others but keeping the gates and windows open for us..oh, and that was not intended as a pun but a metaphore. Cheers.

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