"To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely."
Deutsches Requiem, Jorge Luis Borges

My POV on Wikipedia

When I came here first, I was intrigued. What on Earth motivates thousands of loyal contributers adding quality articles to this exceptional encyclopedia, in lieu of no apparent remuneration? A day as member of Wikipedia, I figured it out. Behind this mammoth encyclopedia, there lay a large community who cares for its members as family. I realised money is not the only remuneration that matters, peer review & peer appreciation of one's work can keep that person working from now to eternity. A word of appreciation, or even letting the person know his hard work has been noticed goes a long way to keep him editing. Wikipedia's magic lays in its simplicity of format. Before Wikipedia came out, even an insinuation that a free to edit encylopedia should exist would have been laughed at. Even Jimbo Wales admitted he expected a lot more vandalism and a lot less contributions. But peer-review is such a strong tool, that not only will the person contribute but also police himself (& others). An edit is all that's required to get hooked. So you see a redlink user, a guy with 5 edits to his name or even an IP address, give him a "good work mate". You might have created tomorrow's admin!


Asterion talk to me 18:13, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

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"Razed the garden, profaned the chalices and the altars, by horse the Huns broke into the Monastic library and they tore the incomprehensible books and they vituperated them and they burnt them, fearing their symbols and characters might be concealing secret blasphemies against their God, who was an iron scimitar..."
The Theologians, Jorge Luis Borges.

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