QUOTE(barney @ Sat 17th March 2012, 6:27am)
Don't you think Wikipedia is a good experience for people learning to write informative articles? I mean, it can be rough at times for sure, but its good experience for writing in a competitive or "hostile" environment. I think a lot fo people like writing their because it is good experience for wiriting for money.
Not at all; there's no great analog to Wikipedia's "competitive/hostile" writing environment except other wikis. WR may be a hostile environment, but it's rare that you'll be stuck playing push me-pull you with your own posts. If you're a single author of something no one cares to dispute (e.g. Giano,) well, writing is good practice for writing, but the only difference there is you learn Wiki markup instead of Open Office, Word, or whatever else you'd be using. I could see software-driven collaborative authorship becoming more popular in academia, and frankly the way coauthored papers work now, it'd probabaly be an improvement, but as it is it's still basically just you and the typewriter. Wikipedia is more a distraction from that than it is training for it.This post has been edited by Proabivouac: Sat 17th March 2012, 7:07am