Wikimania Conference Ends Abruptly In Cacophonous Chaos
First Speaker Drowned Out By Attendees With Edits, Footnotes and Sub-Categories
With over 400 paid attendees, dozens of speakers, panels and workshops, the Second Annual Wikimania Conference, held this past weekend at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, looked to be like any other conference, on any other day in any other city.
Less then four paragraphs in his opening, welcome address, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was interrupted by an attendee, looking to edit and amend his remarks.
This served as a veritable green light, as more attendees rose up, shouting out their own edits, footnotes and sub-categories to
Many of the comments initially focused on the history of the welcome speech, with edits and sub-categories being yelled out, on other famous and infamous welcome speeches.
Some attendees soon produced their own projectors and began screening their own photographs, charts and graphs behind Wales, as well as pulling the images up on laptop computers, cell phones and other PDA devices.
A small group remained out of the fray, busily typing into Wikipedia the account of what was happening at the conference, as well as others blogging the event in real-time.
Wikipedia has become the ubiquitous online encyclopedia that is open to anyone to make additions and edits, but with a devoted and dedicated group of individuals who oversee and maintain the site.
What may have contributed to the problem with the conference was, just last week, Stephen Colbert, from
Ironically, included in Mr. Wales’ opening remarks, was a passage about security, and keeping the site accurate.
“That could mean,” Wales told The
According to The
When reached later in the day,
Many of the comments initially focused on the history of the welcome speech, with edits and sub-categories being yelled out, on other famous and infamous welcome speeches