Sunday, October 02, 2005

Esquire experiment proves Wikipedia works

Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs only had to write a first draft for his latest article -- the rest of the work was done by volunteers.

The article is about Wikipedia. Jacobs posted a first draft with deliberate errors on the site, and the results show how effective Wikipedia can be. Wikipedia' volunteer editors corrected the factual errors and even clarified and punched up the writing.

A CNet article about the experiment reported Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' view of the experiment:

To Wales, the experiment was a good example of how a magazine might be able to use its readers to make for more complete journalism.

I'd settle for more accurate journalism, myself.