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Web Article: BibTeX citation key:  Devlin2014
MARK DEVLIN. 2014. Wikipedia's 13 Deadly Sins. Newslines blog Accessed 16th Feb 2017, from: < ... ipedias-13-deadly-sins/>.
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Categories: speaking through machines
Keywords: codex, cult, lawfare, Mediawiki, Wikipedia
Creators: Devlin
Publisher: Newslines
Collection: Newslines blog

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Devlin criticizes Wikipedia's lack of imagination in moving from a paper to a digital environment (codex v. volumen), noting that Wikipedia is organized into fixed pages which can neither be reconstituted (into a favorite's list for example) or via refactoring content. Devlin is similarly critical of the design decisions which have led to an over-reliance on text in a digital environment in which video is becoming increasingly important.

He further argues that harassment and litigious behavior are written into the model of consensus-building that have evolved in "the community". He suggests that the cultish behavior has created a culture of wikitopianism and a good dose of unhealthy cult of personality.
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The title was not inspired by Sam Vaknin's well-known blog post "The Six Sins of Wikipedia", which dwells -- rather insistently -- on issues of narcissism and insider power.
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