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October 29, 2013

Wikipedia's bureaucracy is killing it

Contributing to wikipedia means setting aside hours to argue and defend your work against countless uncharitable grognards. The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review
Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-�ranking quality scores. The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.

October 28, 2013

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the RoboRoach"

(FYI: this is a cross-post from my Snip, Burn, Solder...

October 14, 2013

Yahoo redesigns email, completely breaks it

It's like someone said, "No one ever sorts their email, right?" And it all flowed from there. Anger explodes at Yahoo Mail redesign disaster: Key functions removed or broken | ZDNet
In an apparent redesign backfire, Yahoo has removed — or misplaced — essential Yahoo Mail functions. Users are outraged that they can no longer organize their Inbox by Tabs or Sort by Sender, they can't view their Folders unless they leave the inbox, new emails are no longer bold, and the delete button is turning out to be disastrously placed next to sender name. Another widely repeated issue is the redesign's missing-in-action print button. It is of the few among thousands of livid Uservoice comments to receive a reply from Yahoo Product Support, saying, "We are looking into this issue" and that the user should use Command-P in the meantime.