There’s a phrase, mostly used by Americans, in relation to something bad happening: “this is why we can’t have nice things”.
I’d suggest that the reason things go south is usually because people don’t care enough to fix, maintain, or otherwise care for them. That goes for everything from your garden, to a giant wiki-based encyclopedia that is used as the go-to place to check facts online.
The challenge for Wikipedia in 2020 is to maintain its status as one of the last objective places on the internet, and emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election without being twisted into yet another tool for misinformation. Or, to put it bluntly, Wikipedia must not end up like the great, negligent social networks who barely resist as their platforms are put to nefarious uses.Noam Cohen, Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (WIRED)
Wikipedia’s approach is based on a evolving process, one that is the opposite of “go fast and break things”.
Moving slowly has been a Wikipedia super-power. By boringly adhering to rules of fairness and sourcing, and often slowly deliberating over knotty questions of accuracy and fairness, the resource has become less interesting to those bent on campaigns of misinformation with immediate payoffs.Noam Cohen, Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (WIRED)
I’m in danger of sounding old, and even worse, old-fashioned, but everything isn’t about entertainment. Someone or something has to be the keeper of the flame.
Being a stickler for accuracy is a drag. It requires making enemies and pushing aside people or institutions who don’t act in good faith.Noam Cohen, Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (WIRED)
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