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Friday, November 11, 2011


Stephen Chapman has an interesting post on ZDNet

The post energetically extends and embellishes the title.

Comments were divided:
  • Jimmy Wales is smarter than you and Wikipedia doesn’t need ads; and
  • Asking for donations feels like the guy who comes up to your car at a stoplight and sprays dirty water on the windshield.
Again, the comments embellish and extend commenters’ positions.

My comment was
Great idea! Ads aren't intrusive and Wikipedia has a huge reader base.
Unfortunately the point I got from this is Wikipedia is an open sourced plus founder management structure which is a pity,
  1. showing the indomitable strength of open sourced management, and
  2. the sad results of a founder who doesn't know what he doesn't know, or any limits.
    Thank you, Stephen, for an incredible lesson.

Open sourced management is a current game-changer, outperforming command and control management. There are good and bad examples of each, but open sourced is more efficient. Pick your own examples, they are out there.

Wikipedia today shows another model. Open sourced plus founder management.

New concept. We’re all equal, except the guys making the rules should be able to get away with things the rest of us can’t.

Should we call it foundering?

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1 comment:

  1. Wikipedia is the poster child of the successful open source model. Seems inconsistent to have an unassailable no ads under any circumstance position. No need to chase every idea coming down the street, but not to even give consideration to a proven concept in contrary to the agile and flexible personality of open source.

    There are many examples of an innovative approach choked by traditional oversight - like a university that launched a wiz-bang alumni social site, but decreed no ads ever! funding cut; site died a horrible death.

    Foundering is a great term to define this suicidal approach to advancing a great idea.