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'Chi's team discovered that the way the site operated had changed significantly from the early days, when it ran an open-door policy that allowed in anyone with the time and energy to dedicate to the project. Today, they discovered, a stable group of high-level editors has become increasingly responsible for controlling the encyclopedia, while casual contributors and editors are falling away. Wikipedia – often touted as the bastion of open knowledge online – has become, in Chi's words, "a more exclusive place".'
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"It would be reasonable to suspect someone like me of maliciously conspiring to censor criticism of my intellectual baby right out of Wikipedia. I honestly don’t know what the right answer is. We want experts to edit Wikipedia, but experts tend also to be partisans. I think the current approach (highlight when it happens) is a reasonable compromise."
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"Wikiprep is short for Wikipedia preprocessor and information extractor.
"It is a Perl script that parses MediaWiki data dumps in XML format and extracts useful information from them. It implements a subset of MediaWiki syntax (such as template inclusion with parameters, internal and external links, headings, redirects, etc.). Output is in the form of several files: some of them in simple, line-oriented format and some of them in XML. One of the files also contains processed Wikipedia pages in a simple HTML-like syntax.
"The goal of Wikiprep is to convert Wikipedia data dumps into a format that can be easily processed with other tools. These tools then do not need to have the full knowledge of all quirks and odd corners of MediaWiki syntax."
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"On its homepage Wikirank shows which Wikipedia articles are the most read and which pages are gaining in popularity. Additionally, you can find each article's detail page via search. On the detail page you can find and article excerpt, traffic numbers and a (soon-to-be-embeddable) traffic chart that allow you to compare traffic with other topics (up to four).
"Wikirank is a testament to good, clean design and the power of existing web tools. It's the first project from Small Batch, but it won't be the last. I expect that their other projects will also focus on data visualization"
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"Episteme, a magazine about the social dimensions of knowledge, has a special issue on the epistemology of mass collaboration, with many of the articles focusing on Wikipedia. One of the most interesting articles is by Lawrence M. Sanger on the special role of experts in the age of Wikipedia. Sanger says the main reason that Wikipedia's articles are as good as they are is that they are edited by knowledgeable people to whom deference is paid, although voluntarily, but that some articles suffer precisely because there are so many aggressive people who 'guard' articles and drive off others (PDF), including people more expert than they are. 'Without granting experts any authority to overrule such people, there is no reason to think that Wikipedia'a articles are on a vector toward continual improvement,' writes Sanger."
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