Tuesday, August 25, 2009

UGC vs. Restricted Publishing

So we've all hear about the scandals of hotels improving their ratings on tripadvisor.com but now another internet leader, wikipedia.com is looking at their content and moving towards a more restricted content model. Why? I've seen it and I'm sure others agree that while wikipedia has a vast amount of content, the quality and credibility for several sections and articles fluctuates.

Does this imply that more and more sites are going to start creating complicated approval work-flows? No, but my expectation is that we will start to see more wide open sites implement more than the captcha human check box. Vs. the alternative of potentially undergoing a lot of scrutiny from poorly published content.

Additional article on Wikipedia changes
Wikipedia: Time for a reality check

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