Why Wikipedia works

Wikipedia’s reputation is growing, partially in the belief that all its contributors collectively know more than even the staff and contributors of established encyclopedia publishers. Wired looks at a few of those who contribute to Wikipedia, how the contributors police themselves for accuracy and vandalism in The Book Stops Here.

Wired profiled March 8 profiled some of the top “editors” on Wikipedia. Editors are those who contribute and clean up others entries. Some spend hours each day volunteering on the Wikipedia.

College professor Clay Sharkey writes on his reaction to receiving papers where students cite Wikipedia as a source. He says Wikipedia entries are as good as the other encyclopedia entries, but students should still go to the primary sources. Sharkey continues a discussion about Wikipedia with danah. Tip: Brian Chin in buzzworthy

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