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

Faraaz Damji frazzydee at spymac.com
Thu Apr 14 11:38:07 UTC 2005

I disagree.  I've found most people to be kind and helpful.  Something
like Wikipedia tends to draw people of a different intellectual and
moral level than most other environments, and I think that a lot of
editors have come to value that.  If you think that there are serious
problems with Wikipedia, there's nothing stopping you from starting
another wiki encyclopedia with Wikipedia's content since everything is

And the way encarta works, it doesn't look like it'll form a strong
community like there is at Wikipedia.  Sure there are a couple of people
who've ticked me off here, but you're bound to not get along with some
people in a place with hundreds of thousands of people.

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Stirling Newberry wrote:
> 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.
>> Blog: http://frazzydee.ca
> Wikipedia is an increasingly hostile environment. Don't dismiss
> alternate venues because the wave is cresting on wikipedia.
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