The battle for Wikipedia’s soul

Wednesday, 12 March, 2008

The battle for Wikipedia’s soul.

To be or not to be, that is the question facing the world’s biggest encyclopedia Wikipedia, where editors from opposing “factions” are arguing about the direction editorial policy should take.

…Wikipedia is facing an identity crisis as it is torn between two alternative futures. 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.

Quite a long read, but of interest especially if you reference Wikipedia in your writing and are concerned about what information you may, or may not, be able to eventually link to.

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