Wikipedia losing members, threat to free encyclopedia

Wikipedia is one of the world’s largest websites and it’s crippling from the inside out. Many of its English-language editors are being lost says a study led by Aaron Halfaker of the University of Minnesota.

56,000 editors in 2007 to a near 35,000 at the end of 2012 is the estimated count in which Wikipedia is losing its members. That is a huge difference especially when it is trying to create the largest free encyclopedia. It would seem as though the way Wikipedia approached its problem a few years back with the revolving door it allowed for editors who sometimes wrote false statements, funny edits, and free range of useless information scattered between reliable Wikipedia knowledge, is to blame.

“ …the restrictiveness of the encyclopedia’s primary quality control mechanism and the algorithmic tools used to reject contributions are implicated as key causes of decreased newcomer retention. Wikipedia has changed from the encyclopedia that anyone can edit to the encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit” , wrote the team led by Aaron Halfaker.

The heavy hammer to solve the issue is the double edge sword causing the unforeseeable problem. A quick Google search has managed to recall some of the funnier posts from the past on Wikipedia that led to their changes.

Warning – Strong Language

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