- the John Seigenthaler Sr. Wikipedia biography controversy in December 2005 caused traffic to triple
- Wikipedia was a social (not a technological) innovation, as all the software necessary to make it run (database, webserver, web browser, wiki) had existed since 1995
- Wales believes that Wikipedia works because there is a community of thoughtful users that contribute to it, not that it’s some example of a emergent hivemind, etc.
- predominant paradigm in social software design: keep people in cages—but complex permission schemes prevent people from doing good
- Wales’ job consists of battling against programmers: “we don’t algorithmatize against what we shouldn’t”
Update: Stewart Brand’s summary of Wales’ talk via the O’Reilly Radar.