Adults in the Room
The one simple trick that makes Wikipedia so much less awful than other social media
When asked to think of social media, Wikipedia is probably not the first (or second… or twelfth) thing that comes to mind. But consider that it actually shares many similarities with the big social media sites, particularly Reddit. Both Reddit and Wikipedia contributors have user profiles, both sites are solidly Web 2.0, and both are essentially subdivided by topic. But the central similarity between Wikipedia and the other social media sites is a reliance on user-generated content.
So why is it that the experience of browsing Reddit is just so much more… awful? I posit that the functional explanation is actually quite small, but of outsized importance.
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