Wikipedia is one of the most widely known and successful open-sourced projects. Hundreds of millions of people use Wikipedia as a source of information. Old styled encyclopedia books are now truly on their way to become rare collectors items.
Wikipedia is maintained and managed by many committed users who read, proof-read and create content. All this is done free and voluntarily.
To enable appreciation and simplify the process, Wikipedia has announced a “Love Button”. The new button, will be visible in the talk button once you login to your account (see image). This currently is available only with a prototype website for Wikipedia. This will go live on the 29th of June 2011.
It was quite amusing to use as I could send a virtual “Barnstar” to other users.
Wikipedia’s move to increase contributors
This is a move to directly encourage people who actually take part in contributing content to Wikipedia. Editing and adding content is tedious and it is dominated by a strong but committed group of people.
This group needs to become bigger and a good way would be to start appreciation by peers.
What are your views on Wikipedia and its future? Do drop in your comments.