• Holmes

    O’Sullivan’s First Law in action? (“All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.”)

  • Gregory Kohs

    It’s disappointing that Non Profit Quarterly would regurgitate the Wikimedia Foundation’s PR pablum, without so much as one mention of the WMF’s dismal track record on program efficiency. For years on end, the WMF had difficulty spending on program services even 40 cents of every received donation dollar. The operation is utterly mismanaged, with the recent failure of the VisualEditor program (in the face of community backlash) being only the latest example.

  • Keenan Wellar

    It seems like only yesterday traditional media sources were making jokes about Wikipedia, ridiculing it as an unreliable source of information perpetrated by naive dreamers. Now (although not all will admit it) Wikipedia is a routine source of information for journalists, and sometimes the assumption is reversed: the public uses Wikipedia to check facts reported by mainstream media. It is a true “passion economy” and this shows through information that is often unavailable anywhere else, with quality that could not be achieved through a traditional economic model.

  • Ruth McCambridge

    well put, Keenan. That last sentence is right on the mark.

  • Gregory Kohs

    Wal-Mart is a routine destination for consumers to do their shopping for lawn mowers, dill pickles, and tube socks. McDonald’s is a routine destination for consumers to fulfill their dietary needs. Wikipedia is a routine source of information for journalists. None of these statements necessarily indicates a net positive development for the social health of civilization.

  • Keenan Wellar

    Since Wikipedia often has better quality (more accurate, more detailed, more thoroughly reviewed, and less biased) information than my local newspaper, I find its existence a positive development, while at the same time I lament the decline of traditional journalism.