[Web4lib] The battle for Wikipedia's soul - The Economist on the future of Wikipedia

B.G. Sloan bgsloan2 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 10 12:06:21 EDT 2008

  An excerpt:
  "Wikipedia is facing an identity crisis...It can either strive to encompass every aspect of human knowledge, no matter how trivial; or it can adopt a more stringent editorial policy and ban articles on trivial subjects, in the hope that this will enhance its reputation as a trustworthy and credible reference source. These two conflicting visions are at the heart of a bitter struggle inside Wikipedia between 'inclusionists', who believe that applying strict editorial criteria will dampen contributors' enthusiasm for the project, and 'deletionists' who argue that Wikipedia should be more cautious and selective about its entries."
  Bernie Sloan

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