A New York Times look at Wikipedia
June 21st, 2006

Today’s NYT take an in-depth look at Wikipendia. A major topic is the methodology for monitoring content:

The administrators are all volunteers, most of them in their 20’s. They are in constant communication — in real-time online chats, on “talk” pages connected to each entry and via Internet mailing lists. The volunteers share the job of watching for vandalism, or what Mr. Wales called “drive-by nonsense.” Customized software — written by volunteers — also monitors changes to articles.

Mr. Wales calls vandalism to the encyclopedia “a minimal problem, a dull roar in the background.” Yet early this year, amid heightened publicity about false information on the site, the community decided to introduce semi-protection of some articles. The four-day waiting period is meant to function something like the one imposed on gun buyers.

update (June 21, 2006): Jimmy Wales responds to the article: The New York Times gets it exactly backwards


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