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kuro5hin.org: Wikipedia is wide open. Why is it growing so fast? Why isn't it full of nonsense?

Sep 25, 2001, 11:02 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Sanger)
"The implication is that Wikipedia has a nice community, but it doesn't have much breadth, depth, or reliability; so if you want serious information, go to Britannica.

If Wikipedians believed that, we'd bag the whole thing. We think we are --gradually, and sometimes from very rough first drafts--developing a reliable resource. So what answer can I offer to the above concerns?

Part of the answer is already given above: Wikipedia's self-correction process (Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales calls it "self-healing") is very robust. There is considerable value created by the public review process that is continually ongoing on Wikipedia--value that is very easy to underestimate, for those who have not experienced it adequately."

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[ Readers interested in this item may also be interested in Twiki, a complete Wiki package (with some nice additions). Twiki's maintainers just announced a new release yesterday. -ed. ]