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The Wikipedia Bureaucracy

November 14th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 1 Comment

Max WeberWikipedia is one of the best online tools (and my personal favorite) with over 1.8 million articles about everything you always wanted to know but was afraid to ask…

but Wikipedia is also the biggest online bureaucracy with very impressive set of regulations, policies and guidelines which will make Max Weber turn in his grave twice; This bureaucracy is governed by unfriendly-easy-trigger-not-too-smart-enforcement intendant bots and WikiLawyerians which make the average Pragmatic Wikipedia editor turn around and leave Wikipedia to the bots (dogs)

P.S. (I)

I think I am on to a new web conspiracy: “Google is a Wikipedia subsidiary” – You surely experience the trend yourself e.g.
* Try to Google: ‘World Wide Web‘, ‘England‘, ‘Mars‘ and even ‘God
* Wikipedia climbed to the 8th traffic rank (Based on Alexa lateset traffic details)

P.S. (II)

I really liked this Wikipedia rule since it reminded me of my early childhood ;-)

“The three-revert rule (often referred to as 3RR) is a policy that applies to all Wikipedians, and is intended to prevent edit warring – An editor must not perform more than three reverts, in whole or in part, on a single page within a 24-hour period. A revert means undoing the actions of another editor, whether involving the same or different material each time. Any editor who breaches the rule may be blocked from editing for up to 24 hours in the first instance, and longer for repeated or aggravated violations.”

P.S. (III) 

I am thinking (day dreaming) about writing my own little vicious Wikipedia bot someday – I shall call him… Mini-Me!

Tags: Conspiracy · Google · Internet

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