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WikiOgre

I was reading through the edits of Wikipedian and lawyer Staxringold and noticed that he described himself as a WikiOgre. What is that you might ask? A WikiOgre (feminine WikiOgress) is a mythical WikiCreature, typically yet not always accurately depicted as large, hideous and manlike. It usually goes for long stretches making few or no edits, but for short periods… read more »

WSJ Reports on ArbCom

“Wikipedia, the vast online crowdsourced encyclopedia, has a high court. It is a panel called the Arbitration Committee, largely unknown to anyone other than Wiki aficionados, which hears disputes that arise after all other means of conflict resolution have failed,” reports the WSJ. Corrine Ramey notes that some of the cases decided by ArbCom are… read more »

Wikipedia Metaphors

Metaphors for Wikipedia An ant farm. As discussed by Andrew Lih in his book The Wikipedia Revolution, many have made the comparison between Wikipedia and an ant farm. That comparison does not make sense if you think of ants as having a centralized authority in the form of queen. But actually ants operate in a… read more »

Why Wikipedia Has No Fake News Problem – Jimmy Wales – NPR

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales took part in a fantastic interview with NPR over the weekend. Here’s a highlight from the piece: Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the crowdsourced encyclopedia, has been thinking about how to tackle the problem of “fake news.” On Thursday, he delivered a keynote address on “the future role for evidence-based journalism” at… read more »

Wikipedia’s Siegenthaler Biography Incident

Andrew Lih’s The Wikipedia Revolution describes the drama and impact surrounding Wikipedia’s Siegenthaler biography incident (Wiki article). According to the subject’s Wikipedia article, In May 2005, an anonymous editor posted a hoax article in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia about journalist John Seigenthaler.[1] The article falsely stated that Seigenthaler had been a suspect in the assassinations of U.S. PresidentJohn F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney GeneralRobert F. Kennedy. The… read more »

Takeaways from The Wikipedia Revolution

I’ve been reading Andrew Lih’s 2009 book The Wikipedia Revolution and finding it still has some great insights about how the encyclopedia got started and the encyclopedia’s key philosophical underpinnings. Here are some key takeaways thus far with the relevant page numbers in case anyone else is interested: Freedom of Cyberspace. “The tech elite who… read more »

Is Wikipedia the Good Cop? Fighting Fake News and Conspiracy Videos

Noam Cohen has a great article out this week in The Washington Post entitled “Conspiracy videos? Fake news? Enter Wikipedia, the ‘good cop’ of the Internet.” According to Cohen, Wikipedia is a great example of what the internet was intended to be: When Tim Berners-Lee conceived the Web, he imagined that it would look a… read more »

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