QUOTE(thekohser @ Sun 16th January 2011, 1:23pm)
If the Wikipedia Review can scrape together $125,000 a year for me, I'll be happy to go full-time on the Wikipedia criticism front.
Were I rich I'd hire you to do only that. $125,000 a year would translate into about $5 million dollars of damage from WP refusing to get their act together.
Of course the problem with all bad institutions is that their the jobs of the people who run them come first, the continuation the institution second, and the quality of the work-product it turns out, only a distant third in cases where the quality of that product has a distant or very delayed effect on the institutional income.
This is the busted feedback loop problem once again. If Ford starts making crappier cars and they start to sell less, the company doesn't necessarily do anything about it for quite some time, because it has no impact whatsoever on the pay of the people in the boardroom OR the people on the company floor. Eventually it does, but the feedback time might be a decade. In that time, people retire with pensions or bail with golden parachutes, and leave somebody else holding the bag.
Take all this and imagine a car company that gives away its vehicles, and survives on donations brought in by some dude in a beard reminding the world how cool it is that they can get a free ride sometimes. How does the quality control feedback loop work THERE? It's horrible to contemplate. Here at WR, we've been contemplating it for some time, and it's not pretty.