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Benjamin Smith, "Thorncrag"
Benjamin Smith, "Thorncrag"
Volunteer, English Wikipedia, MediaWiki Software Administrator, et. al.

"Please stop waiting for a map. We reward those who draw maps, not those who follow them." —Seth Godin  |  An essay you should read.

"For Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." —John Adams

Thoughts on Wikipedia

“Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”This is Wikipedia.

This credo is a worthy one; indeed, I am a supporter of Wikipedia, but I also fear for its future for things such as editor attrition which is caused by a complex web of issues, not the least of which is what I perceive to be a failing Wikipedia governance model.

I also fear for Wikipedia when I see veteran editors throw in the towel due to irritating and ridiculous, and completely unnecessary obstructions to fixing things that we feel are broken. Where is our recourse? "File an RfC" and "File an ARBCOM", of course, is a clearly solution to everything on Wikipedia.

What has kept Wikipedia going is the organic nature in which it has blossomed and grown. The community exercises nearly complete control over Wikipedia's direction in a semi-democratic fashion (a deliberative democracy). This is both a blessing and a curse. This model has worked excellently to date, but it is demonstrably breaking down as Wikipedia grows into what I label a hideous bureaucratic nightmare.

Funny stuff

  • [1] ... on the secret life of Thomas the Tank Engine ...
  • [2] ... on Big Bird's night-time occupation ...
  • [3] ... on pickles and cucumbers ...
  • [4] ... here's one die-hard Barney fan ...
  • [5] ... now here's a word from our San Antonio fans ...
  • [6] ... on this exceptional school ...
  • [7] ... ...what? ...
  • [8] ... this edit summary...
  • [9] ... on washing balls ...
  • [10] ... on the dangers of taking advil ...
  • [11] ... on little-known Jesse Ventura facts ...
  • [12] ... on little-known Elizabethtown facts ...
  • [13] ... on the role of peeps and Wikipedia

[10:24pm] Thorncrag: frigging air freshener in the rest room.
[10:25pm] Thorncrag: i leave smelling like a frigging urinal cake.
[10:25pm] jorm: is that because you mistook the urinal cake for
very large breath mint?
[10:26pm] Thorncrag: i just vomited a little in my mouth.


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