Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wikipedia and the wisdom of crowds

Raph Koster discusses Wikipedia and the wisdom of crowds:

Wikipedia does not operate by wisdom of crowds. It operates by compromise and consensus, which is a very old mechanism (whereas the wisdom of crowds phenomenon is of relatively recent vintage).

He‘s absolutely right, and I will be eliminating any discussion of the wisdom of crowds from my wiki discussions in the future. Which is a good thing as “compromise and concensus” are much more important.

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