Saturday, June 17, 2006

The promise of Wikipedia

I am a fan of Wikipedia. I have even made some small additions and modifications to a few articles. An enclopedia written by everyone seems a wonderful concept. However, it is actually a modest group of 1,000 or so people aho do the bulk of the work. As with so much, a tiny minority do most of the work, with a slightly larger majority who contibute in a lesser way. The majority of users do not contribute.

So in many parts of life few contribute to volunteer activities. Now this is fine as long as those who do recognize this. I see often that volunteers become bitter and frustrated as they see others do little but take. All volunteers need to recognize that the reward is in the doing. Helping others brings great rewards.

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