[WikiEN-l] The Charms of Wikipedia - New York Review of Books
scs at eskimo.com
Fri Feb 29 15:36:08 UTC 2008
Tony Sidaway wrote:
> On 29/02/2008, Keith Old <keithold at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The New York Review of Books has written a review of Wikipedia:The Missing
>> Manual which is well worth a read.
> That's both one of the best external reviews of Wikipedia I've seen,
Indeed. Among other things, we could all do well to remember this bit:
[Wikipedia is popular] because it has 2.2 million
articles, and because it's very often the first hit
in a Google search, and because it just feels good to
find something there -- even, or especially, when the
article you find is maybe a little clumsily written.
Any inelegance, or typo, or relic of vandalism reminds
you that this gigantic encyclopedia isn't a commercial
product. There are no banners for E*Trade or
Classmates.com, no side sprinklings of AdSense.
"It just feels good to find something there." Let's not lose
sight of that amongst our urges to make the thing unilaterally
"encyclopedic" or "polished" or "professional".
> and a very passionate, stirring call-to-arms for inclusionism.
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