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[News] Wikipedia Cofounder Slams BillyPress for Slamming Wikipedia

  • Subject: [News] Wikipedia Cofounder Slams BillyPress for Slamming Wikipedia
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:24:09 +0100
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What the MSM Gets Wrong About Wikipedia -- and Why

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| I believe that the underlying facts about the Wikipedia 
| phenomenon -- that the general public is actually 
| intelligent, interested in sharing knowledge, 
| interested in getting the facts straight -- are so 
| shocking to most old media people that it is literally 
| impossible for them to report on Wikipedia without 
| following a storyline that goes something like this: 
| "Yeah, this was a crazy thing that worked for awhile, 
| but eventually they will see the light and realize that 
| top-down control is the only thing that works."
| Will the new, more gentle tool, be more widely used 
| than protection was? I certainly hope so. We are always 
| looking for ways to help responsible people join the 
| Wikipedia movement and contribute constructively, while 
| gently asking those who want to cause trouble to please 
| go somewhere else.
| Faced with the choice of preventing you from editing at 
| all, versus allowing you to edit even though you might 
| have bad intentions, we have erred consistently for the 
| latter -- openness. The new tool, by making it a lot 
| easier to keep bad stuff from appearing to the general 
| public, is going to allow for a much more responsible 
| Wikipedia that is, at the same time, a much more open 
| Wikipedia.



Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text

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| Starting this fall, youâll have a new reason to trust the information you
| find on Wikipedia: An optional feature called âWikiTrustâ will color code
| every word of the encyclopedia based on the reliability of its author and the
| length of time it has persisted on the page.

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