[p2p-research] Who Writes Wikipedia? (blog post by Aaron Swartz)

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Mon Nov 23 00:25:30 CET 2009

Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 09:57:49PM -0500, Paul D. Fernhout wrote:
>>   Out of sight is out of mind, so it’s a short hop to thinking these 
>> invisible people aren’t particularly important. Thus Wales’s belief 
>> that 500 people wrote half an encyclopedia. Thus his assumption that 
>> outsiders contribute mostly vandalism and nonsense. And thus the comments 
>> you sometimes hear that making it hard to edit the site might be a good 
>> thing.
> There's a huge stink about deletion squads in the German Wikipedia
> going on. It increasingly looks like Wikipedia will be forked into
> a distributed git-backed depository.
> http://scytale.name/blog/2009/11/announcing-levitation
> Good riddance.

My own take on this is that a "social semantic desktop" may someday replace 
most centralized websites with distributed content.

--Paul Fernhout

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