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Who else would buy Wikia stock?

Mirage

Secret Agent
Staff member
V.I.P.
I'm sure everybody has heard of Wikia Media:

Wikimedia Foundation Inc. - Google Finance

The guys behind Wikipedia? ;)

The owner has just announced plans to develop a user focused search engine, that will rank results based on user defined relevancy. No more fancy algorithms. Users know what they want. No more ad/spam pages as the #1 search result you get. I REALLY want to see Wikia declare an IPO. I think a TON of people would want in.

If they pull this off they will have a jump on Google themselves...
 

mamab

Registered Member
If they could pull it off, it could change the internet, that's for sure. It would also seem to be a good time to buy, if you had the extra money.
 

katharina

Registered Member
If they pull this off they will have a jump on Google themselves...
I guess they would, yes. I'll tell you why I haven't gotten excited about wikipedia, though, and you can maybe tell me if my concerns are unfounded. From what I understand (I *have* seen some entries) the users fill in the information, right? I can't figure out what checks are in place to stop little twerps from adding totally incorrect information. Surely they can't check everything? Or *do* they have checkers for every bit of information?
 

taiarain

Registered Member
The user generated input is a problem with Wikipedia. IIRC, it's community policed so you have to rely on the average internet user to be intelligent, discriminating and agenda-free enough to police it.
 

katharina

Registered Member
The user generated input is a problem with Wikipedia. IIRC, it's community policed so you have to rely on the average internet user to be intelligent, discriminating and agenda-free enough to police it.
Yes... that's why I don't use it for research. There would be no way to know if someone came along and fixed wrong info yet or not. Then again, I guess that goes for any content that's found on the net.
 

taiarain

Registered Member
Universities won't accept it as a resource for research papers either. It's a great site when you want to look something up quickly and for free, but you should definitely confirm anything you find.
 

Grace

New Member
I have never heard of them before. When doing research myself I always use Google or books or other internet sources. If universities won't accept them as a resource then they are limited somewhat.
 

Taggart

Registered Member
I definitely share Katharina's concerns, and that's why I don't use the site and I wouldn't be interested in investing in the company, personally.

But if they achieve what's described in the first post of this thread, wouldn't that redefine Search Engine Optimization?
 
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