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Wed 02 Mar 2005

Wired features Wikipedia

Category : mac and the internet

...and explains how a gracious army keeps the encyclpoedia running. Talk about idealism.

I found this most interesting, as it explains a lot:

'The Wikipedia power pyramid looks like this: At the bottom are anonymous contributors, people who make a few edits and are identified only by their IP addresses.

On the next level stand Wikipedia's myriad registered users around the globe, people who have chosen a screen name and make edits under that byline. Some of the most dedicated users try to reach the next level - administrator. Wikipedia's 400 administrators can delete articles, protect pages, and block IP addresses.

Above this group are bureaucrats, who can crown administrators. The most privileged bureaucrats are stewards. And above stewards are developers, 57 superelites who can make direct changes to the Wikipedia software and database. There's also an arbitration committee that hears disputes and can ban bad users.

At the very top, with powers that range far beyond those of any mere Wikipedian mortal, is Wales, known to everyone in Wiki-world as Jimbo.'

"Back in St. Pete, Wales oversees his empire from a pair of monitors in Wiki­pedia's headquarters - two cramped, windowless rooms that look like the offices of a failed tech startup. Computer equipment is strewn everywhere. An open copy of Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache is splayed on the floor. It may be good to be God-King, but it's not glamorous."

Read "The Book Stops Here." By Daniel H. Pink, Issue 13.03 - March 2005.

I've managed to hesitantly joint he ranks of the bottom of the slime mould pit of anonymous IP address contributors on ocassion. If I don't have to slave away in a sweatshop when I retire, I'll probaly become a registered Wikipedia contributor.

Posted at 1:47PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .