Wikipedia says it is losing contributors

  • Sapna
  • Sapna
  • Updated date Aug 05, 2011

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has said the site is losing contributors but the situation is not yet at crisis point. Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit its entries, says it is losing contributors.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has said the site is losing contributors but the situation is not yet at crisis point. Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia that allows anyone to edit its entries, says it is losing contributors. 

He told the Associated Press on Thursday that some volunteers who provide content for the site have grown tired of the laborious editing procedures. Wales, who is attending the website’s seventh annual get-together in Haifa, Israel, called the methods used to contribute and edit material “convoluted,” adding: “A lot of editorial guidelines….are impenetrable to new users.”

In another effort to encourage volunteers to stay active, Wales says the site has introduced a new feature called WikiLove that lets users post positive feedback. The nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia announced it is encouraging professors in India, Brazil and Europe to assign the editing and writing of Wikipedia entries to students. 

The website launched just over ten years ago and is currently home to over 3.7 million English-language articles. Overall there are 19 million articles in 282 languages. It is currently the fifth most visited website on the Internet.