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Who Do You Trust, The Wiki Or The Reporter?

A dismissive story in the Syracuse Post-Standard raises the ire of those who believe in the potential of Wikipedia.org.

For us, Wikipedia is nothing short than astonishing. How can something that allows anyone to contribute or abuse it grow into such an impressive (336,563 articles in English as of today) and dynamic resource? And how can it remain so overlooked by mainstream media?

While Wikipedia’s success might not be easily replicated, it shows how true collaboration can flourish when you’re willing to work without a net.

As Dan Gillmor has observed:

"One lesson is deceptively simple. When you remove the barriers to changing things, you also remove the barriers to fixing what’s broken."

Read Joi Ito’s thoughts and Ross Mayfield’s in-depth review on the topic.

Update
Wikipedia Quality Check by Edward W. Felten
Wikipedia vs. Britannica Smackdown by Edward W. Felten
Stress Testing Wiki Authority by Ross Mayfield
Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not by Brian Lamb of Educause Review
Wikis Anonymous by Ross Mayfield comments on Lamb’s article
Spreading Knowledge, The Wiki Way by Leslie Walker
Collaborative Conundrum: Do Wikis Have a Place in the Newsroom? by Mark Glaser

Posted on Aug 29, 2004 | 9:18 pm EST

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