Wikipedia And What To Do About Growth

My latest piece is posted at Public Square Today, my blog at Washington Times Communities:

Wikipedia And What To Do About Growth

Typing Contest by Flickr user topgold
"Typing Contest" by Flickr user topgold

According to the Wall Street Journal, at least for those who pay to subscribe, the number of volunteer contributors to the massive Wikipedia has plummeted. 49,000 editors dropped out in Q1 2009, compared to just one tenth that in Q1 2008. . . .

[But] Wikipedia is [still] the fifth most popular web site in the world. It gets something like 325 million visitors per month. In the last twelve months, the traffic has grown 20%. It’s not about to collapse.

But it is changing. It is a different animal than it was when it was founded in 2001. It used to be freewheeling, dependent on consensus. Now it is dependent on hierarchy and swift corrections.

It’s become an institution. It now has institutional concerns (perpetual survival, reputation) that it did not used to have.

Many public leaders who establish initiatives find themselves facing the same inflection point.

Continue reading to see what to keep in mind when faced with such things!

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