Arab Today, arab today wikipedia hits defining moment in social web era
Last Updated : GMT 05:06:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Wikipedia hits defining moment in social Web era

Washington - AFP

It is another defining moment for Wikipedia. The public knowledge website is more than a decade old and remains among the top 10 Internet sites in the world, but some say it is becoming old and dowdy. Others want to keep it that way. At the “Wikimania” event held in Washington held over the past week, several hundred members of the “wiki” community gathered for talks about the site and a two-day “hackathon,” aimed at improving Wikipedia. Some in attendance said Wikipedia, the free, open-source online encyclopedia which is largely unchanged from when it began in 2001, needs upgrading in an era where people are turning to social media like Facebook and Twitter. “It looks like it’s 10 years old,” said Sebastian Wallroth, a software engineer from Germany. Wallroth said it is difficult for people to collaborate and there are hurdles in uploading pictures and video, unlike more user-friendly sites like Facebook. Semere Tazaz Sium, recent graduate of Virginia Tech in software engineering, agreed that Wikipedia “needs improvement from a user point of view.” “It’s a very powerful tool but the user interface is a bit old,” said the native of Eritrea who volunteers for Wikipedia. Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder who is still the public face of the project, said questions about the site’s future direction will be worked out in the same manner the website operates — collaboratively. “I’m not the boss of Wikipedia, you are all the bosses,” he told the opening session of Wikimania at George Washington University on Thursday. Wales said that even forces are pushing Wikipedia in different directions, decisions won’t be made in an “authoritarian” manner. “We’ve always viewed ourselves as a community brought together for a particular mission. We have core value, like a free and open Internet,” he said. “The authoritarian model is not always the one that works.” Wales and others admit that Wikipedia needs to do more to encourage participation. Wikipedia has editions in 285 languages, including growing editions in Yoruba, Swahili and Afrikaans, over 22 million articles and 100,000 active contributors. In some cases, Wales says articles are produced by “bots,” or computer programs that automatically generate or translate content. But Wikipedians, the name for those who participate, see an urgent need to make Wikipedia more open to newcomers, to keep up with the vast amount of information it is trying to process. “It isn’t always the most polite or friendly place,” said a participant who goes by his Wikipedia name, Kudpung. “Wikipedia is the encyclopedia everyone can edit, but you have to jump through a lot of hoops, and there is no welcoming committee. So people will create new pages and edit pages only to find those pages or edits deleted, and they are not told about it in a nice way.” Kudpung, a British national living in Thailand and longtime Wikipedia editor, said the site needs new people. “It has been going for over 10 years and the number of quality encyclopedia articles has flattened out,” he said. “The majority being submitted are autobiographical articles that people post about themselves because they think it’s Facebook. On the other hand, there are people who have something to contribute but they don’t know the rules.” Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation which operates the site, said those involved in the project are aware of the slumping rate of participation and are taking to respond. One initiative is a “visual” editor which will make it easier for people without special computer skills to contribute and edit Wikipedia articles. “We want to make it as easy for people to edit Wikipedia as it is to update their status on Facebook,” Gardner said. She said devoted Wikipedians may want some changes but don’t want it to become commercial. “I think people really trust Wikipedia and one of the reasons they trust us is because we are honest about our mistakes. If we become slick and glossy I don’t think that would become a source of trust.” Gardner said she and others are proud that the site has remained true to its ideals, and even “homely.” “Wikipedia is not flashy or splashy,” she said. “It is not something designed by marketing people to keep you on to sell you something. So that is its charm.” From khaleejtimes

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today wikipedia hits defining moment in social web era Arab Today, arab today wikipedia hits defining moment in social web era

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today wikipedia hits defining moment in social web era Arab Today, arab today wikipedia hits defining moment in social web era

 



Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
View News in Arabic - Media: آخر الأخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

GMT 16:29 2017 Monday ,08 May

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line

GMT 14:36 2017 Monday ,08 May

Jaguar displays XF Sportbrake line
Arab Today, arab today BMW sees forecasts in reach

GMT 09:04 2017 Thursday ,04 May

BMW sees forecasts in reach
Arab Today, arab today Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday