You know that post the other day about wanting Wikipedia to be neutral and accurate, but being thwarted by its editorial policy that means it would prefer to publish lies?
This post over at Pure Poison describes part of the problem – the fact that those interested in pushing those lies, or using Wikipedia as a promotional tool, or using it to smear the people they dislike, are more dedicated to that aim than any disinterested person could be. It’s a problem that neutral editors could fix very quickly – if there were enough of them interested in the Melbourne media and subjects about which they write to keep an eye on those articles. But since there aren’t, they don’t.
So I’m hanging up my editing, uh, gloves. They win. I do not have as much time as the vandals do to use Wikipedia to boost their own credentials and smear others. It would take a team of independent editors, bloody-mindedly committed to the idea of Wikipedia as a believable source, to take them on. To do it alone… you’d need to have as much time, and be as committed to fixing their sabotage as they are in making it. And I don’t, and I can’t be. I tried, and it’s just crazy.
It kind of stings a bit, to lose that faith that the Wikipedia model can work in the long-term. But what else can an ordinary person do?