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’s Identity Crisis

 Wikipedia’s Identity Crisis

It is the biggest encyclopedia in history and the most successful example of “user-generated content” on the internet, with over 9m articles in 250 languages contributed by volunteers collaborating online. But Wikipedia is facing an identity crisis as it is torn between two alternative futures. It can either strive to encompass every aspect of human knowledge, no matter how trivial; or it can adopt a more stringent editorial policy and ban articles on trivial subjects, in the hope that this will enhance its reputation as a trustworthy and credible reference source.

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