[Wikipedia-l] Re: Encarta goes wiki - sort of...

Stirling Newberry stirling.newberry at xigenics.net
Thu Apr 14 04:10:07 UTC 2005

On Apr 13, 2005, at 6:08 PM, Faraaz Damji wrote:

> Anthere wrote:
>> I looked at their review process... I do not see how it could work...
>> Eh, it reminds me of Nupedia !
> I agree, but it's different from Nupedia in that they've got tons more
> resources than Nupedia did.  Still, I don't see encarta becoming the
> largest encyclopedia in the world, since there is little reason for
> people to contribute.  It doesn't even seem like they give attribution
> (do they? If so, where?).
> I don't think that there will be dedicated editors like there are on
> Wikipedia, and like there were on Nupedia, since encarta is completely
> for profit- they're in it for the money and NOT for providing free
> access to "the sum of all human knowledge." There might be some casual
> editors who, upon finding something that wasn't previously there, will
> submit it (eg. if somebody died).  There is little reason I see for
> anybody going on the site for the purpose of improving it.
> While it will help keep the encyclopedia more up-to-date, I doubt it
> will ever become nearly as popular as Wikipedia is.
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