Brian Feldman wrote an interesting piece for NY Mag entitled “Why Wikipedia Works.” Here is his thesis in a nutshell:

I’d argue that Wikipedia’s biggest asset is its willingness as a community and website to “delete.” It’s that simple. If there’s bad information, or info that’s just useless, Wikipedia’s regulatory system has the ability to discard it.

At first, I bristled at the idea that Wikipedia’s greatest asset was deleting. What about the creativity? But upon further reflection, Feldman seems to be onto something. Virtually the entire internet is built on the potential to create; what makes Wikipedia different is the regulatory system that allows bad or inappropriate edits to be deleted upon review.

Props to Feldman for highlighting this important truth about Wikipedia. You can read his full piece over at NY Mag.