The Wiki Comes of Age

The WikiPedia hit 300,000 articles this week.

Meanwhile, my tiny Copyright Experiences Wiki got hit by… wiki spam. It's a classic: a bot run out of a server located in Israel was used to replace many of the pages in my wiki with many lines of near-nonsense interspersed with links to an online casino run by a company located in Curaçao. Presumably the object is to increase page rank in search engines. (I have blocked the IP number and am taking various steps to make the spammer's life harder.)

But which is the sign that wikis have come of age? Is it the growth of the wiki into a useful tool produced by the collaboration of large numbers of (sometimes contentious) strangers, or is it that Wikis are now worth spamming?

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