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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dumpster Diving in Wikipedia

I was cruising around Wikipedia last night and decided to see what the Plone listing looked like these days. Concise, positive, useful, not too lengthy, objective discussion of strengths and weaknesses. Then I popped over to SharePoint, Joomla!, and Dot Net Nuke. Same useful positive sorts of material, although there was a significant Criticism section for Dot Net Nuke.

Then I peaked at the Wikipedia article for Drupal and I was surprised that (a) the article's neutrality was in question and (b) there was a very lengthy thread on the 'talk page,' which at times exceeded the bounds of Wikipedia professionalism.

That is not the way to win friends and influence people. Trying to use Wikipedia as a marketing tool for you favorite CMS framework or to drive traffic to a particular portal is incredibly naive, negative, and clearly out of bounds when it comes to Wikipedia's own guidelines. Hats off to all those objective authors and editors who have done a fine job in producing helpful references for the rest of the CMS community, commercial and open source.

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