[OSM-talk] Wikipedia article

Jason Remillard remillard.jason at gmail.com
Fri Oct 25 21:06:11 UTC 2013


Hi,

The MIT technology review just published this article on Wikipedia.

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520446/the-decline-of-wikipedia/

It is sport criticizing Wikipedia, but two things stuck out.

Wikipedia is trying to get more editors. However, they seem to have
some additional problems that OSM does not have.

Wikipedia failed to roll out the new GUI article editor.

If you read the discussion on hacker news, and Slashdot.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/10/23/1643228/wikipedias-participation-problem
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6612638

It seems like Wikipedia has revert first policy on questionable edits.
It makes it unpleasant to start with the project, since probably every
bodies first edits are questionable.

OSM policy/culture of discussing a change *before* reverting is really
good thing.

Jason



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