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Old 10-28-2013, 06:24 AM  
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Is this the decline of Wikipedia? A third of staff have QUIT complaining site bosses

Is this the decline of Wikipedia? A third of staff have QUIT complaining site bosses have 'lowered the bar' on quality

Wikipedia is in decline according to experts after it was revealed that the size of the site's editorial staff has shrunk by a third since 2007.

The crowdsourced information site, which gets at least 10 billion hits every calendar month, depends on the contribution of volunteers to regulate content which is uploaded by the public.

But fewer and fewer people are bothering to manage the online encyclopedia after a raft of changes made by the Wikimedia Foundation, which funds the infrastructure of the site.

In a bid to combat online vandalism and spoof entries, Wikipedia has begun using programs instead of people to automatically delete suspicious content.

As a result, a lot of users' hard work and genuine knowledge was erroneously censored by bots.

According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, the deletion tools are just one aspect of the site's intended modernisation ideas which have disenfranchised loyal 'Wikipedians'.

Another unpopular move by the Wikimedia group came when they changed the way content was uploaded to the site.

Whereas an uploader once had to be familiar with the language of the site, called 'Wikitext', to properly upload entries, now someone with next to no web editing experience can post articles live.

Bosses at Wikipedia changed the uploading system to something which is similar to a word processor.

They hoped that new users would be encouraged to contribute as a result, but more experienced editorial staff have become frustrated at the ease with which spoof articles can now be added.

The result is the steep decline in Wikipedia staff, which one expert believes could be the beginning of a perpetual 'decline phase.'

One editor, speaking to the tech website Raw Story said, 'it’s like they keep lowering the bar, then asking us to limbo. At a certain point, you’re tripping over the stick instead of walking under it.'

Aaron Halfaker a university Grad student at the University of Minnesota, who has published extensively on the decline said: 'I categorize from 2007 until now as the decline phase of Wikipedia'.

His report established that when the new controls began to take effect, the likelihood of a new participant’s edit being immediately deleted has steadily climbed.

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Ruh Roh, where will we get sources now?
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:55 AM   #2
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Well it' was good for non-controversial topics and/or as a starting point on some topics--not as an end all.
Guess this iepisode in their history should be called "The Challenge of the Bots."
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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Ruh Roh, where will we get sources now?
Probably places like www.dailymail.co.uk, where we learned that Saudi Arabi severed all diplomatic ties with the US.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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I noticed this when I read the ACA page. It was so Pro-Obamacare it was nauseating. They'd list GOP arguments, then rebut them. There was of course no rebutting the Democrat arguments. Page should've had a disclaimer noting a dispute towards the bias.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Probably places like www.dailymail.co.uk, where we learned that Saudi Arabi severed all diplomatic ties with the US.
Better than wiki for sure.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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Probably places like www.dailymail.co.uk, where we learned that Saudi Arabi severed all diplomatic ties with the US.
Do you limit yourself to headlines when you read the news?
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
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Do you limit yourself to headlines when you read the news?
Not generally. But it is the first thing one reads and it's not unreasonable to expect it to be accurate (at least accurate to the article that follows).
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:39 PM   #8
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Not generally. But it is the first thing one reads and it's not unreasonable to expect it to be accurate (at least accurate to the article that follows).
It's not unreasonable, but your analysis of the US/Saudi relationship seems to have stopped at that headline.
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