The Decline of Wikipedia

Tom Simonite, Brightspace Blog, Oct 27, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I have complained about the evolving management structure of Wikipedia in the past, and now it appears these fears are being borne out. "The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage." Obviously this can't continue. “This is very much our attempt to get caught up.” [Sue Gardner] and Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, say the project needs to attract a new crowd to make progress. “The biggest issue is editor diversity,” says Wales. He hopes to “grow the number of editors in topics that need work.”

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