Why Wikipedia doesn't need protecting from the masses

It’s not as though our existing volunteers are abnormally intelligent, or particularly gifted at writing an encyclopedia; they’re just some people who wound up helping. Why does this indicate the population at large is going to be worse? We are the population at large, we just want to get a bigger slice of it.

Andrew Gray (first emphasis is mine, second is his)

This is from a foundation-l thread in November 2007. It’s been rolling around in my head since then, so finally I’m writing it down so it can leave. Being an expert at using and contributing to Wikipedia has little bearing on encyclopedia-article-writing ability.

26 February, 2008 •

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