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Wikipedia Lost Tens Of Thousands Of Editors

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, might not be as useful and accurate as it was earlier, a recent study has revealed.

The study, done by Felipe Ortega, from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid revealed that around 49000 volunteer editors in the English language section of the website have left it in the past three months as compared to 4900 last year.

The website, which averages around 325 million visits per month, allows its volunteers to post articles and edit them freely. But this freedom has led to offensive material being posted on the website.

Ortega believes that the reason for the site being abandoned by the volunteers is the increased bureaucracy to avert errors when the death of US senator Edward Kennedy was announced prematurely. Quite expectedly some users now feel that the website has become the part of an administration.

The site, which is ranked as the fifth most popular website in the world, is popular due to the fact that it provides the visitors a free domain to post articles without any editorial bias.

But now as the content of the website is being strictly monitored, some of its volunteers might feel that they don’t have that kind of freedom anymore.

Our Comments

Wikipedia is possibly the only website in the top 100 worldwide which is not a for-profit one. Ironically, the more popular Wikipedia becomes, the more likely it will become expensive to manage and grow the site.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.