Wikinomics, chapter 3 – student comments & questions

January 22, 2008

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Please post your comments and questions for this chapter as a comment below.

These are due the Friday before class by 5pm.

The people presenting this chapter are Jerry, Jennifer and David M.


11 Responses to “Wikinomics, chapter 3 – student comments & questions”

  1. David McKenna Says:

    Woot, I’m so happy I don’t have to post a question and comment this week!!!!! Doh, I still have to make an hour long presentation…. Oh well, see everyone in class.

  2. wattsy Says:

    Comment: Wikipedia is a big peer production web site. I find this web site very useful in learning new information, and getting information for school projects. One thing about Wikipedia that is not good, is that people can put up false information about a particular topic. But for the most part this is a really good web site.

    Question: Do you think that Wikipedia will continue to be as popular in the future?

    Mitchell Watts

  3. Tasia Says:

    Comment: One of the chapter’s sections discussed the division of labour on Wikipedia and went on to cover problems which the wiki was incurring such as vandalism, and edit wars. I had never thought about vandalism deteriorating the credibility of the site until reading about the “Internet character assassination” of John Seigenthaler, Sr. Events like that jeopardize the sites credentials, which is too bad since so many contributors dedicate so much time to the project.

    Question: Has anyone ever come across vandalism or edit wars on the Wikipedia site? Has anyone ever read something they knew was wrong and took the time to correct it?

  4. Tony Says:

    Comment: The secret to opensource technology is the collaboration of individuals to make things better for society and not for the almighty dollar.

    Question: Do you think a company like Microsoft will ever embrace this type of peer production?

  5. Md Romiz Uddin Says:

    Comments: Sometime internet could be a dangerous place to gather information. There is infinite information available to you, but you can not say that all information is real. People provide information in various blogs, personal websites, which could be inaccurate or out of date. As everybody we know that people on the internet can be deceiving. To get actual information you have to fully research on your desired topics.

    Question: What kinds of peer production communities have you found useful or productive?

  6. davecanvin Says:

    Comment: I found it very interesting about how much goes on “behind the scene” at Wikipedia. I had never really given it much thought before. The statistic from MIT that said it takes an average of 1.7 minutes for a contributor to fix bogus edits is pretty impressive considering how many pages are on Wikipedia.

    Question: Will professors ever encourage Wikipedia as a legitimate source of information to cite?

  7. imrankha Says:

    Comment: It is quite phenomenal the way out world is shaping out to be. Gone are the days of traditional top down hierarchical organizations. The days of mass collaboration has started and it is phenomenal to see the power us “peers” have in bettering the world through improved products and innovations.

    Question: In the text, it it is said that users contribute to open source software mainly because they love what they do. Do you think after a few more years, voluntarity contributions would be replaced by ” non voluntary where the contributors get paid for their work”? I mean they might still get paid but not everybody right.

  8. mellaz Says:


    “Having gone through the journey, we are comfortable with open source and all the things connected to it. We see open source as part of the kit bag of strategy now. We understand that if you don’t do it your competitors will. And then where will you be”

    – Who is your peer on the Net?
    – What tools are useful in connecting to and collaborating with peer communities?

  9. Sofonyas Says:

    Comment: “Peer production is more than sitting down and having a nice conversation with nice objectives and a nice attitude. It’s about harnessing a new mode of production to take innovation and wealth creation to new levels” says Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt which I thought was very true and is an explanation for why peering has grown as fast as it has and where its heading up to in the future.

    Question: On page 67 the book says “just because people don’t get paid to participate in peering does not mean, however, that they do not benefit from their participation in other ways” and I was wondering if this would apply to Wikipedia creators and if so how do they make any money out of it.

  10. Katelyn Murnaghan Says:

    Sorry this is late..but I guess it’s better now than never!

    I thought it was neat how news can get onto Wikipedia (let alone the internet) faster than the news itself can on television. I realize that there is more work involved but people want to know the “real” story and lets be honest, the real story isn’t always what you get from the news. I have never checked out Wikipedia for recent news like Londons bombing although I have used it to look up things from the past. I find it really neat.

    Question: What I want to know (and it might have said in the chapter but to be honest, I only had the time to skim through it) is how Wikipedia makes money and is able to stay “a float”?

  11. Thomas Says:

    I’ve been trying all day and yesterday evening to post up here. I’m at my parents place out in the country, and their computer is on the fritz so an old one from 98 was hooked up. needless to say that combined with dial up does not make for a user friendly computer system. So now I’ll post my question up. I didn’t read anyone elses posts so I may be posting up the same question. I typed all this in word and just copy and pasted it that’s why I seem to be writing a lot. Sorry it’s late here goes

    It mentions in the chapter about how Wikipedia’s creator Jimmy Wales mentioned that he no longer thinks the Encylopedia Britanica will be crushed and put out of business. I’m just wondering what steps do you feel they can use to compete with a free Encylopedia like Wikipedia. Also how successful do you think they will be in competing with them?

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