Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia?

Industry & Innovation, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 169-178

18 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2008 Last revised: 7 Aug 2008

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Matthijs L. den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School

Jean-Michel Dalle

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie

Date Written: April 2008


In this paper, we inquire about some of the ways in which the community around Simple Wikipedia - an offspring of Wikipedia, the notorious free online encyclopedia - manages the on-line collaborative production of reliable knowledge. We focus on how it keeps its collection of articles 'simple' and easy to read. We find that the labeling of pages as 'unsimple' by core members of the communities plays a significant but seemingly insufficient role. We suggest that the nature of this mode of decentralized knowledge production and the structure of Wiki-technology might call for the implementation of an editorial companion to the community.

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den Besten, Matthijs L. and Dalle, Jean-Michel, Keep it Simple: A Companion for Simple Wikipedia? (April 2008). Available at SSRN:

Matthijs L. Den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School ( email )

2300, Avenue des Moulins
Montpellier, 34185

Jean-Michel Dalle (Contact Author)

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie ( email )

175 Rue du Chevaleret
Paris, 75013

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