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[ The Politburo Diktat] Unless you want to edit the entries on Albert Einstein, human rights in China or Christina Aguilera.Wikipedia’s come-one, come-all invitation to write and edit articles, and the surprisingly successful results, have captured the public imagination. But it is not the experiment in freewheeling collective creativity it might seem to be, because maintaining so much openness inevitably involves some tradeoffs.
[Sweetness & Light] Wikipedia Limits “Do It Yourself” Editing: At its core, Wikipedia is not just a reference work but also an online community that has built itself a bureaucracy of sorts ” one that, in response to well-publicized problems with some entries, has recently grown more elaborate. It has a clear power structure that gives volunteer administrators the authority to exercise editorial control, delete unsuitable articles and protect those that are vulnerable to vandalism.
[Sauria.com] Ted Leung on the air: If the code that ran the Wikipedia user interface were as open as the contents of the entries, it would churn itself into impenetrable muck almost immediately. The collective is good at solving problems which demand results that can be evaluated by uncontroversial performance parameters, but bad when taste and judgment matter.