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By Enochlau, May 12, 2008

Wikipedia: a game in need of fixing

The failure of Wikipedia – Wikipedia is said to be a game where the people with the most time, but not necessarily the most knowledgeable, manipulate Wikipedia's "gameable system". Against the backdrop of allegations of groups seeking to intentionally bias Wikipedia articles, this letter to the editor calls for the "experiment" to be fixed.

Student works proudly displayed

Wikipedia now a teaching tool – Academics have often viewed Wikipedia with disdain, but some academics have turned Wikipedia into a teaching tool, by asking their students to write articles for Wikipedia. One particular project, called "Murder, Madness and Mayhem", run by a Latin American literature professor, was particularly successful, and resulted in three featured articles created by nine students. The professor promised his students an A+ mark if the articles became featured.

Other mentions

Other recent mentions in the online press include:

  • Traffic Report: Nielsen Says Wikipedia U.S. Growth Slowing – The U.S. audience for Wikipedia seems to be "maturing" based on figures that show that the growth rate is slowing down.
  • French publisher plans Wikipedia rival – French publisher Larousse has launched an online encyclopedia, where you can find its own content on the left-hand side of the page and user-generated articles on the right-hand side of the page. The publisher will also consider using contributed content in special print publications.




Also this week:

Pornography — Sighted revisions — Copyright claim — Policy updates — Citizendium 2 — Board elections — Maker Faire — IP block exemption — WikiWorld — News and notes — In the news — Dispatches — Features and admins — Technology report — Arbitration report


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