The conversational part of Wikipedia most people don’t see

The conversational part of Wikipedia most people don’t see: Until I started hanging out inside Wikipedia to understand the “community” part of it, I didn’t quite “get” it. While this “talk” page on Wikipedia has been linked to by both Digg and /., I still wanted to point to it as an insightful (but extreme) example of the conversation that goes on beneath the surface of Wikipedia (all pages have a “discussion” link attached). Lots of passion and dedication by, granted, some obsessed folks. However, if the topic is not related to politics or technology, you’ll find the discourse a bit more polite and tame. (Sort of like the blogoshere.)

By the way, on Saturday, I posted a short item regarding this issue and gave some advice to those involved.

(Note: Rereading this, I thought I should explain why I “hung out” on Wikipedia: My “evenings and weekend project,” Smallbusiness.com, is running on MediaWiki.).

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