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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Uncertain is the future of Wikipedia

Fears about the state of the encyclopaedic site fester and 49,000 volunteer editors are leaving the popular website.

The free online encyclopedia is one of the most popular sites worldwide, with more than 325 million hits a month. The material from the Wikipedia is volunteer work, people who create the pages and check data.

However, the English version of the site suffered a serious setback after approximately 49 000 volunteer editors left the online encyclopedia just the first quarter of 2009. According to university research in the same period of 2008 this figure was significantly lower after touching at its 4900 volunteers.

It is believed that this is the result of increased bureaucracy in order to avoid errors - such as the death of Senator Edward Kennedy announced prematurely.

The Wikipedia was founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and has managed to become the fifth most popular site worldwide. The site allows registered users to configure alerts, which often leaves room for exploitation.

The researcher Felipe Ortega, University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, found that thousands of Wikipedia editors are not longer involved with the content of this site. Ortega said that "if there are not enough people to work on it, then the future of this site may be uncertain. Articles no longer controlled, makes the process of adding new material more difficult.

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