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Excellent article differentiates open source and crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the phenomenon previously known as sharecropping. Sadly it characterises the attitude many corporations have towards the communities they have created and call "open source communities". But truly open source communities align the fractional self-interest of many around the evolution of a free software commons, and that is almost the polar opposite of crowdsourcing.
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If you've any love of Wikipedia at all, read this and weep. I know from personal experience that this account is not an isolated incident. There are people who magically appear out of the woodwork to delete anything that is not perfectly formed and fully cited as soon as it appears. They often come with a skewed social agenda too, and explain why you are politically incorrect as well as a disgusting, manipulative rule-breaker. The result? The only way to start a new article is to write it offline and post it, perfect, in one go.
The idea of contributing what you can and letting it grow is long lost, and today Wikipedia is a bureaucratic place with a Kafkaesque tinge. It desperately needs fixing; I am beginning to doubt there is anyone at WMF who cares, though.
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Fantastic grass-roots effort doing something good with all the data coming out of the US Congress on the stimulus bill. Transparency-with-privacy is the key to progress in the meshed society. The only problem is that it will lead to plenty of dings against Obama as well as plenty of plaudits - there's always bad stuff in any mix (check out the doorbells...)
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