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Is it true that anyone can contribute to Wikipedia?

Absolutely, in fact:

Wikipedia is absolutely open to absolutely anyone contributing to absolutely anything! As long as you haven’t been banned, or the article you’re contributing to hasn’t been locked, or there isn’t a group of people waiting to delete anything you write, or you don’t make the same change more than three times in one day, or the subject of the article hasn’t decided to send scary lawyer letters to Wikipedia, or you haven’t pissed Jimbo Wales off real bad. It’s all about freedom.

Moreover:

The Wikipedia philosophy can be summed up thusly: “Experts are scum.”

I just thought to share with you the above quotes from The Wikipedia FAQK by Lore Sjöberg.


Filed in Interesting, Technology on 27 Apr 06 | Tags:


Reader's Comments

  1. |

    That’s why I don’t trust Wikipedia entirely. You gather a few billion (maybe million, who knows) people who claim to know things and entering data. Some of the data is accurate while some is not. It’s more or less a holding cell for data on what the popular vote holds. In their own terms, you can’t change things constantly, so you can have the correct facts and enter them, only to have many more people change it back to something else. I trust it as much as I do Microsoft.

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    I think the assumption is that there are many more “good” Wiki contributors than “bad”. So, bad information gets corrected quickly. Of course, this works best when you have thousands of people editing the Wiki at any given time, so that bad information gets corrected/filtered quickly (maybe with other bad information!).