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Wikipedia losing contributors

2011-08-04 20:03

Haifa - Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit its entries, says it is losing contributors.

Founder Jimmy Wales says administrators are scrambling to simplify what he called "convoluted" editing templates that may be discouraging people from writing and editing Wikipedia's entries.

In another effort to encourage volunteers to stay active, Wales says the site has introduced a new feature called WikiLove that lets users post positive feedback.

He was speaking to the Associated Press on Thursday from the website's annual conference, held this year in Haifa, Israel.

The non-profit organisation which runs Wikipedia announced it is encouraging professors in India, Brazil and Europe to assign the editing and writing of Wikipedia entries to students.

Comments
  • First-year Philosophy Student - 2011-08-04 20:39

    Whoa man I need Wikipedia for almost everything man.. If Wikipedia didn't exist I'd still be, like, in first year next year and stuff

      AndrewG - 2011-08-04 21:22

      Anything written in Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt. Whilst some contributors know what they are talking about, a bunch don't have a clue.

      InternetMan - 2011-08-04 22:00

      Get a job. Hippie.

      LBS - 2011-08-05 16:19

      Hie hie....

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-08-04 21:11

    That's not surprising. One person contributes, someone else edits it, the originator is insulted and corrects it only to have his edits reworked by another.

  • MTRJ - 2011-08-05 07:49

    Wikipedia is a very good a reliable source of info and I use it for everything and sometimes edit the page if there is something missing that I know is fact. I just think that Wiki is one of the better free things around on the web. Even if they made it a paid system, I will pay for access.

  • Temp - 2011-08-05 09:35

    Good, about time this fad died.

      Flamewulf - 2011-08-05 16:08

      Wikipedia is great for looking up obscure stuff on the web, such as a local species of wildflower, a species of bird common locally (e.g. red-winged starling) or the customs of a hunter-gatherer tribe in Brazil, etc. Online Britannica is pathetic - look up stuff like that mentioned above and Britannica has nothing on that subject. Zilch. Nada. Zero.

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