Skip to comments.Wikipedia overtaking major news sites
Posted on 09/11/2005 12:10:56 PM PDT by CreviceTool
Wikipedia overtaking major news sites Traffic to the multilingual network of sites has grown 154 percent over the past year. September 6, 2005: 5:21 PM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Wikipedia, which has surged this year to become the most popular reference site on the Web, is fast overtaking several major news sites as the place where people swarm for context on breaking events. Traffic to the multilingual network of sites has grown 154 percent over the past year, according to research firm Hitwise. At current growth rates, it is set to overtake The New York Times on the Web, the Drudge Report and other news sites. But the rising status of the site as the Web's intellectual demilitarized zone, the favored place people look for background on an issue or to settle a polemical dispute, also poses challenges for the volunteer ethic that gave it rise. "We are growing from a cheerful small town where everyone waves off their front porch to the subway of New York City where everyone rushes by," said Jimmy Wales, the founder of the volunteer encyclopedia. "How do you preserve the culture that has worked so well?" p>
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Why did you not use the real title of the article "Wikipedia overtaking major news sites" ?
Any 6-year-old can contribute to Wikipedia. All anyone has to do is write a page. Of course they reserve the right to "edit" anything they wish. I don't consult Wiki ... it's usually trash.
Do not change the headline from that found at the original source. Thank you.
Such is how the left operates. Control information.
They can't win in a fair fight in the arena of ideas.
Of course. A argument is never won by complaining that the other side shows itself in a good light... I personally find timelines very useful ... can put the isolated events and out-of-context quotes we get fed from the MSM into a useful structure.
That's what I thought too. It's readers contribute. What better way for libbies to get and spread more false info.
I have found blatant bias in Wikipedia, usually over inane topics that don't matter too much, but obviously written by teenagers or political hacks.
Really? I've never been there.
They did a bad job covering the Terri Schiavo case.
The liberals thinks they are so credible, which tells us something.
The original title is misleading. As the article says "The Wikipedia... has ... become the most popular reference site on the Web, fast overtaking several major news sites." The article confuses information reference and news - which is a failing of the news media itself. It does not help that Wikipedia actually has news on its front page - a business it should stay strictly out of.
Wikipedia is useless as a reference source itself. It is usefull to find links to other sites.
If you don't know, how it works, you may find it interesting to surf on over there and post an article. Within days, if not minutes, your article will be turned around, inside out, upside down, and come to postulate the the exact opposite of what ever you said about any thing you care to mention.
It is the revisionist's dream, and the historian's nightmare because anything posted is subject to revision by any know-nothing with a chip on his shoulder. It is usefull only for those things that contain no controversy at all.
That it would be more popular than CNN is not supprising.
I read a couple weeks ago that Wikipedia is planning to take measures to improve the integrity of their pages, after someone did something unseemly (I don't remember what it was) to the entry for Pope Benedict XVI.
Well, have you considered flagging the allegedly biased entry for "neutrality" so that it will be discussed and modified?
Isnt it open source?
Actually, the Wikipedia is usually very accurate. There are problems, and articles sometimes are biased, but the system generally works far better than your description would lead someone to believe. One reason is because bias is a multi-edged sword on a wiki: all sides get to play. Another reason is because a wiki produces good results in the same way a society does: by collaboration from all parties, each seeking its own self interest.
Disclaimer: I happen to personally know Ward Cunningham, the inventor of wiki, due to my long usage of the Smalltalk programming langauge (since 1985.) I also know or have met Dan Ingalls, Adele Goldberg, Dave Robson, Ted Kaehler, Diana Merry-Shapiro and Alan Kay (members of the Xerox PARC Smalltalk design team.)
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