Wikipedia's Idosyncratic World
Submitted by Martin on March 4, 2008 - 7:27am
<a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21131 ">This fascinating article</a> is written by someone who really likes Wikipedia, as evidenced by his opening sentence. “Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It’s fact-encirclingly huge, and it’s idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking, and full of simmering controversies — and it’s free, and it’s fast.” As his story unfolds we learn that he tried his hand at editing entries as well as saving entries from deletion. He describes the running battle between “inclusionists” who want lots of articles on virtually any topic, and the “deletionists” who want to purge articles that are marginal, about non-important people (whoever they are) or just plain strange. He also describes how he became temporarily addicted to his “hobby” and warns of such dangers.