Welcome to blog.wikipediareview.com!
This is our first so-called blog entry. Some of us (well, me) prefer the term “editorial,” simply because it sounds nicer than “blog,” which sounds more like something that someone might do as a result of severe indigestion.
At the time of this writing, Wikipedia Review has existed for about 17 months. During that time, Wikipedia has grown into one of the most popular and extensive websites in the world, with global reach, versions in dozens of languages, tens of thousands of regular contributors, near-constant media attention, and literally hundreds of other websites using, or “scraping,” its content. (To be fair, it was already quite popular and extensive when we started.)
Wikipedia is a self-directed, self-policing organization operated by people who are mostly anonymous and unknown. It is, all at the same time, an oligarchy, a meritocracy, and an anarchy. It lacks strong leadership, and yet key aspects of policy are controlled by a so-called “cabal” of fewer than two-dozen people. Until recently, it has had little regard for the problems of people or organizations affected by it, or the damage it causes to various aspects of world culture, despite a rising tide of voices both inside and outside the user base demanding reform.
If you’re concerned about these things, feel free to register an account on the forum. Much to the chagrin of Wikipedia’s “ruling class,” ours is currently the only website that is both devoted to Wikipedia criticism and encourages public participation, although we do ask that you register with a non-free e-mail address.
Thanks, and we hope you enjoy your visit!