Wikipedia Tests Limits of User-Generated Content
Opinion: We need to build systems into user-supplied content sites that provide the necessary checks and balances to create quality.Not surprisingly, I managed to kick up a bit of a tempest in the blogosphere last week when I wrote that Weblogs (and Podcasting and video and RSS and social networking apps) were "fads of the future." I wasnt going to (and am still not gonna) write to defend my position this week, but I was surprised by this little item in The Register reporting that Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has "acknowledged that there were real quality problems with the online work." Putting two and two together, I began to think about the limitations of user-supplied content and how they impact what we do in our Web development lives, especially as we careen wildly towards "Web 2.0."
I work at a college and know for a fact that many of my colleagues are constantly fighting an uphill battle to get students to use reliable sources for their research (much less cite those sources).