Wikipedia Suffers As 49,000 Abandon Ship

November 25, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – Those familiar with the strange drama that is the Internet will know all about the frequent bawling and brawling over the socially-moderated information site, Wikipedia. But the days of it’s supremacy may be coming to an end.

The site, created by Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales in 2001, is a fully interactive site where users can add, delete and edit information about a number of topics.

But the added bureaucracy over the last few years has created a great deal of tension, as has the shuffling of positions and fights between TOW moderators.

Now, 49,000 have left the site, leaving it in the hands on too few for too much maintenance.

A program has since been created to analyze the posting and editing habits of the site, written by a man named Felipe Ortega.

“If you don’t have enough people to take care of the project it could vanish quickly,” the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos resident explained.

“We’re not in that situation yet. But eventually, if the negative trends follow, we could be in that situation.”

But it is also the addition of a great deal more regulations, policies, and rules that has led to the fall in popularity. Many are citing it as a part of an establishment it once shunned.



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