I haven’t experienced this in Wikipedia since it only allows ‘academics’. But I’m a contributor for a wikimedia site and I’m starting to get irritated by volunteer editors. I mean, if more than half of your original piece which you’re sure is acceptable gets edited by different scrutinizers, wouldn’t you be (thanks for the sociologists who opened up that editing issue).
There is a solution for stopping those editing wars: Authors should have the option of accepting the volunteer revisions or rejecting it
‘The Internet is a wonderland for sociologists, and one of the richest areas of study is Wikipedia, with its years of open collaboration and communication archived for posterity. But with collaboration comes conflict, and the “edit wars” that embroil hot Wikipedia topics are dissected in detail in a new paper by researchers in Budapest.
‘Though the study does not make for exciting reading, there are some interesting revelations about the way such conflicts run their course, and the people who make it all happen…’
Turing, the Original Hacker
Most bios of geeks are not very interesting. Alan Turing’s on the contrary is very interesting
‘Turing’s life was one of astounding highs and devastating lows. While his wartime codebreaking saved thousands of lives, his own life was destroyed when he was convicted for homosexuality. But the tragedy of his story should not overshadow his legacy. Turing’s insight laid the foundations of the computer age. It’s no exaggeration to say he’s a founding father of every computer and Internet company today.
‘Turing’s breakthrough came in 1936 with the publication of his seminal paper “On Computable Numbers” (PDF). This introduced two key concepts, “algorithms” and “computing machines”—commonplace terms today, but truly revolutionary in the 1930’s:…’
A Real Internet Currency: Kurrenci
You can buy this digital currency using foreign money of your choice and it can be used to make purchases anywhere on the planet.
You can use your bank account, credit or debit card to buy Kurrenci online.