Who owns the power in Wikipedia?

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The Politicus
Jan 04, 2022 10:49 AM 0 Answers
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Wikipedia's premise is that anyone can edit an article. While it's true, whoever tried to edit articles (specially of living people) knows it's not that easy to make a claim stick. There is a ton of community made editing rules, and the willing to enforce those rules varies a lot. For some pages, it sparks really long discussions, and you can see the politics unfolding in the articles' talk pages where a consensus has to be reached. In the end, it feels like a game of whoever gather more "editing time": the "party" with more time has the resources to do the "final" edit, so they "win".

In that system, who really owns the power?

(Incidentally, I'm sure a similar question could be asked about Stack Exchange, but that's a conversation for another time...)

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