Saturday Scenes

Wed 19 January 2011

Wikipedia

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 22:46

On the 15th of January 2001, Wikipedia was formally launched as a publicly editable encyclopedia. I love Wikipedia as it makes for a great starting point for gathering information on a new subject. I regularly use Wikipedia’s “On this day” pages for SatScenes’ inspiration and, in more formal writing, the Wiki page can often help me to understand a common understanding of a subject before I sit down to write in detail about it.

However, in this case, I was a bit nervous. My initial reaction was that searching for Wikipedia on Wikipedia might cause a black hole and implode the Internet. Luckily, it seems they’ve broken down the Wikipedia resources pages on Wikipedia into several separate pages, no doubt to avoid exactly such an occurrence. I stuck with the basic history.

Wikipedia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

While Wales is credited with defining the goal of making a publicly editable encyclopedia, Sanger is usually credited with the strategy of using a wiki to reach that goal. On January 10, 2001, Larry Sanger proposed on the Nupedia mailing list to create a wiki as a “feeder” project for Nupedia. Wikipedia was formally launched on January 15, 2001, as a single English-language edition at www.wikipedia.com,and announced by Sanger on the Nupedia mailing list. Wikipedia’s policy of “neutral point-of-view” was codified in its initial months, and was similar to Nupedia’s earlier “nonbiased” policy. Otherwise, there were relatively few rules initially and Wikipedia operated independently of Nupedia.

Doesn’t Nupedia sound like something straight out of an Orwellian dystopia?

Anyway, a decade later, on the 15th of January 2011, photographs were taken around the world in order to create this edition of Saturday Scenes. Look!

These are the extra-special Saturday Scene submitters who are just waiting on Twitter to make new friends so say hello!

Why don’t you join in?

We’d love to see your photos! Just take a picture on a Saturday and send it to SatScenes with a location.

See you next week!

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