Started: January 2001
Areas of strength
- Breaking news and current events
- Popular culture
Areas of weakness
- Geography: too many items miss coordinates, the infoboxes only appear on some pages, population data outdated
Who is the competition (print, online)?
- Encarta (Microsoft)
- World Book
- How to destroy Wikipedia (essay)
- Departure of Larry Sanger
- John Seigenthaler case
- One million articles
- Essjay controversy
- SOPA blackout
- Five million articles
What has its impact been?
- Inspired many other language editions, projects
- Has become staple for college students
- More popular than Twitter and Netflix
What consequences does it hold?
- Ideological situational issues
- Wiki model is easy target for spammers
- Article quality issues
What language features are challenging?
- British and American spellings (ie. colour vs color). General agreement than articles with British roots should be dominated by British spellings, and vice versa. But by default, American spellings predominate.
What would surprise the outside reader about the community?
- Dedicated IRC channels for vandal fighting
- Software robots for copyright violations, vandal fighting
What are some unique practices/characteristics?
- Request for Adminship highly political, garnering over 50-100 "votes" at a time
- Featured article for the front page is chosen each day by one individual (has varied over time)
Who were the earliest participants, who started it?
- Larry Sanger
- Jimmy Wales
- Tim Shell
Other prominent Wikipedians?
- Raul654 - featured articles, arbitration committee
- Danny - early Wikipedian, one of the first Wikimedia Foundation employees
- Bastique - current Wikimedia Foundation volunteer coordinator