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[ NNSquad ] MIT Tech Review: The Decline of Wikipedia

MIT Tech Review: The Decline of Wikipedia

http://j.mp/1a6l6UL  (MIT)

   "Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to "compile the sum of all human
    knowledge" are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the
    project's flagship, the English-language Wikipedia-and must defend it
    against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation-has shrunk by more than a
    third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem
    incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a
    high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project's
    own. Among the significant problems that aren't getting resolved is
    the site's skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn
    stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places
    in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain
    elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project's own volunteers have
    tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don't earn
    even Wikipedia's own middle-ranking quality scores.  The main source
    of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the
    site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing
    bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers
    who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its
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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
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