Jimmy Wales on his experience with the Wikipedia
"Jimmy Wales invented Wikipedia, and he remains its reigning local deity. Despite that, Wikipedia actually happened because it was allowed to happen. Rather than specifying at the beginning what the rules would be, Wales let the community evolve its own rules, in response to real needs.
But what happens when the issues are deep and divisive? For example, from the beginning, editors have argued about whether the encyclopedia should include material that traditionally would be "unencyclopedic." For example, should there be an entry for every Pokemon character?
In this podcast, Wales and David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, talk about how such issues are settled and what the role of rules is on Wikipedia.
This podcast interview is the fifth in a series of interviews by Weinberger, sponsored by Wired News and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society." (http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/05/wikipedia_is_ju.html)