The Future of Editing?

By | September 29, 2005

The Irish Developer Network reports on

an Esquire editor who invited Wikipedia users to edit an article that will presumably appear in the magazine. Of which Wikipedia users reacted strongly to, with over 500 edits to WP:ITAAW before the article was frozen.

I love Wikipedia but it sounds like hell. When I’m an editor I curse reporters who don’t appreciate the effort we put into polishing their copy till it shines, and as a writer I get all tetchy when an editor suggests the smallest tweak to my pristine copy. Having a swarm of Wikipedians picking over my work I think would drive me over the edge. But could editing be outsourced in a way not unlike this? When was an extra pair of eyes not worth the candle?

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