Friday, April 14, 2006

Mind power

Wikipedia is an amazing exercise in distributed intelligence.
  • People have written bots to try to automatically detect vandalism
  • There's chat rooms where people watch edits and try to see vandalism
  • Vandalism is often cleaned up within 5 minutes
  • Articles that have 'stub' status (need more detail) get recategorized into more specific groups
  • Articles get cleaned up when someone adds something that isn't wikified (an internal link) or if they have extra newlines.
Wikipedia is just a great example of lots of minds helping out a little, and a few helping out a lot, and getting something done. It, to me, is one of the most amazing clusters on earth - all human, all unpaid.

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