Future of Wikipedia Uncertain As 49,000 Volunteers Abandon Site

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The free internet encyclopedia is one of the world’s most popular websites and uses volunteers to create pages and check facts

Fears are rising that the usefulness of Wikipedia could be undermined as thousands of volunteer researchers abandon the site.  The free internet encyclopedia is one of the world’s most popular websites and uses volunteers to create pages and check facts.

 

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Wikipedia Identity Crisis – Part 2: Keep or Delete Trivia?

Wikipedia Identity Crisis - Part 2: Keep or Delete Trivia?

Wikipedia’s current decision making process

Wikipedia, the encyclopedia anyone can edit, is having an identity crisis: does it include all knowledge no matter how trivial, or does it adopt a more stringent editorial guideline to enhance its reputation as a credible reference?

These two conflicting visions are at the heart of a bitter struggle inside Wikipedia between “inclusionists”, who believe that applying strict editorial criteria will dampen contributors’ enthusiasm for the project, and “deletionists” who argue that Wikipedia should be more cautious and selective about its entries.

In practice, deciding what is trivial and what is important is not easy. How do you draw editorial distinctions between an article entitled “List of nicknames used by George W. Bush” (status: kept) and one about “Vice-presidents who have shot people” (status: deleted)? Or how about “Natasha Demkina: Russian girl who claims to have X-ray vision” (status: kept) and “The role of clowns in modern society” (status: deleted)?

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