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Thu, 25 May 2006 03:53:48 GMT
The death of Wikipedia

Nicholas Carr: Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," was a nice experiment in the "democratization" of publishing, but it didn't quite work out. Wikipedia is dead. It died the way the pure products of idealism always do, slowly and quietly and largely in secret, through the corrosive process of compromise. [cut] The end came last Friday. That's when Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, proposed "that we eliminate the requirement that semi-protected articles have to announce themselves as such to the general public." The "general public," you see, is now an entity separate and distinct from those who actually control the creation of Wikipedia.

http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/05/the_death_of_wi.php

Randy: Nicholas has seen the light.

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