Jimmy Wales, the founder of the free online collaborative encyclopedia, Wikipedia, talks to FRANCE 24 about the future, and how this monster online source of information is looking to expand its base of editors and contributors.
We do know that Wikipedia is better with more participation, so we do want to encourage that. Furthermore, having a wider range of people with different interests and expertise is also important.
Traditionally, Wikipedia is very strong on science and technology, but we know that as a result of this Wikipedia is not as good in other areas. For example, we are not as strong on childhood development, therefore, we need people who are interested in that to contribute. To attract them, we are making the software easier to use.
Now, we're moving to a more open system, so we can avoid forbidding edits. The idea is to let people edit pages, but for someone experienced to check their changes before publication. This is because we want more people to contribute, but we also want to maintain and increase quality.
Yes, there might. Actually, in English, there are already 3 million different articles and it's becoming harder to find things to write about. Also, editors from the Wikipedia community already do delete content. Every day, hundreds and thousands get deleted. For example, if someone writes an article about their dog...
Date created : 2009-11-13