Probing Wikipedia editors’ hive mind for rules on cooperative behavior

Wikipedia, Encyclopedia, cooperation

By Julie Rehmeyer, 15:21 PM August 30, 2013

Wikipedia acts a bit like one big brain. Similar to how independently firing neurons somehow in aggregate produce thought, independently operating editors together produce the vast online encyclopedia, which, it has been argued, has an accuracy approaching that of the carefully curated Encyclopedia Brittanica. Taken as a whole, the system performs a sort of enormous computation, taking in the collective knowledge of the Internet and spitting out encyclopedia articles.

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