First of all, I don't think that Jimbo ever expected that Wikipedia would
become this popular and widespread. The quote you use was made FOUR YEARS
ago. A lot has changed in four years' time.
Now, I don't profess to know why we were the last to find out... that could
be for any number of reasons. However, I think that this experiment is
going to yield interesting results, and for that reason I endorse it. (Not
as if anything needs my endorsing since I'm just one editor among hundreds)
Let's see what happens and see what comes next.
On 12/6/05, The Cunctator <cunctator(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 12/5/05, John Lee <johnleemk(a)gawab.com> wrote:
> Why were Wikipedians the last to know about this? I only saw some
> discussion on the mailing list about this, but nothing final. Why do we
> have to learn of this from the media instead of straight from Jimbo?
> This is really disturbing.
Not only disturbing, but disappointing.
I guess the only silver lining is that it helps confirm yet another
cynical prediction I and others have made in the past.
Four years ago, Jimbo wrote "Wikipedia should remain permanently open
to everyone who is attempting to make a legitimate contribution." 
I guess by "permanently" he meant "for a few more years" and by
he meant "restricted".
It's much easier to take away openness than it is to restore it.
I dare Jimbo to reverse his decision.
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