Comments: Wikimedia COO scandal

Wales is unfit to manage Wikipedia. He's an effective evangelist and figurehead who inspires people to buy into the premise of an open source encyclopedia, but shows with every scandal that accountability isn't important to him.

In the Essjay debacle, it took hundreds of complaints from within Wikipedia for him to take it seriously. The decision to put the group's finances in the hands of someone with a serious criminal history without a background check is more of the same.

I don't expect that Wikipedia is capable of the kind of internal self-assessment necessary to see the problem. But they should put a real boss in charge of the organization and let Wales focus on the business of separating contributors from their time.

Posted by Rogers Cadenhead at December 26, 2007 08:52 AM

re: Carolyn Doran

Wow. Amazing comment. But she'd have to have this kind of opinion to get along with Jimbo's gang. Still, I find it rather shocking, given she's a journalist, and also, a Canadian. They usually tend to be a bit more social responsibility oriented. But there it is.

Oh, and it is "donors", not "donators", Ms. Doran

Posted by DL at December 30, 2007 11:45 PM

Anyone who is interested in guessing when the Wikimedia Foundation's overdue audit is ever going to get released, click on the link in my name below.

This "guess the date" pool will be a fun way to raise a little bit of money for a RESPONSIBLE charity, unlike the WMF.

The management of Wikipedia has become a parody of itself.

Posted by Gregory Kohs at December 31, 2007 12:50 AM