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The Myth of Wikipedia Democracy

“The idea that a lot of people have of Wikipedia is that it’s some emergent phenomenon–the wisdom of crowds, swarm intelligence, that sort of thing… like we’re a lot of ants, working in an anthill,” Jimmy Wales, the site’s co-founder, has said. “It’s kind of a neat analogy, but it turns out it’s actually not much true.” Wales examined the numbers several years ago and was surprised to learn that…