Monday, June 11, 2007

Wikipedia Inclusionism

Make sure to check out this article by Annalee Newitz on Wikipedia inclusionism. Excerpt: My experiences have made me strongly question the idea of "notableness" on Wikipedia. I am genuinely offended by the notion that obscure authors, technologies, ideas and events should be deleted from what's supposed to be a vast compendium of knowledge. It's not as if Wikipedia is running out of disk space and needs to delete stuff to keep going. And it's not as if an entry on an obscure writer will somehow undermine somebody's ability to search for less obscure ones. Besides, who is to say what is notable or not? Lutheran ministers? Bisexual Marxists? Hopefully both. For me, the utopianism of Wikipedia comes from its status as a truly democratic people's encyclopedia -- nothing is too minor to be in it.

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Blogger Get A Life! said...

How true! Thanks for bringing that to our attention, I agree wholeheartedly.

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