The best (apocryphal) example for what I describe as the fundamental feature of Wikipedia: ambiguity

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A tongue in cheek Wired article pokes fun at Wikipedia‘s clumsy way of dealing with its most visible secret: the fact  that being the product of many minds it will reflect most of them, sometimes in contradictory terms. I described this phenomena in slightly less fun version in a recent paper on Wikipedia’s ambiguity. After you stop laughing take a look at it as well.

Excessively Neutral Point of View Wikipedia

Grass, according to many people who are scientists, or who are at least defined as scientists by what many people consider the scientific community, is a plant, although there are those who consider the distinction between plants and animals an artificial distinction and would classify them as “living things,” or “objects,” or “observable ideas.” There appear to be up to five or more people, give or take up to four or more, who post to Plant Conspiracy, which most people would consider a message board, who claim to deny that grasses exist, and who say that what we call grass is actually a very unusually shaped species of terrier. Most people would agree that many people think that these people are what would normally be considered nuts.

via Alt Text: Grass Is Always Greener on a Million Little Wikipedias | Underwire | Wired.com.

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Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei – Professor of Communication at Purdue University – studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei’s teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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