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Wikipedia needs new leadership: Column

From USA Today:

Let me tell you about Wikipedians, who write and improve Wikipedia articles.

Wikipedians take this role – self-appointed, uncompensated, largely unrecognized – more seriously than you probably take your full-time job.

When your Congressman's staffer tried to whitewash a Wikipedia entry ahead of the election, erasing well-cited coverage of an illegal campaign contribution, Wikipedians noticed, undid the change, and shooed him away. That probably all happened while you were watching a 30 Rock rerun.

And when your daughter clicked Google's first link about the Pythagorean Theorem, arrived at Wikipedia, and finally really "got" how it worked – a Wikipedian wrote that article. The article was a collaboration, some Wikipedians knew the math, others knew how to communicate it and others just fixed typos.

Read the rest at USA Today.

Posted on April 7, 2014 in
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