18 March 2005

Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia

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Jimmy Wales, of the Wikipedia, spoke at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego earlier this week, and I got a chance to talk to him afterwards.

He's very down-to-earth about his project. It's not about technology, it's about being nice to people and encouraging them to participate.

I've been contributing to Wikipedia for two years. When I first started, I made a half-clued edit. Another user, rather than flaming me, thanked me for contributing and showed me what to do next time. Two years later, I'm still contributing.

Jimmy said that most of the edits come from between 600 to 1000 users. At my rate, I'm probably in the top twenty-thousand in terms of contributions.

But it's not about rank, it's about the outcome. Plus, he was nice to me. So I'll keep contributing.