Wikipedia Needs More Single Geeky Men

Too many volunteer editors grow up and get married, says founder Jimmy Wales

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Wikipedia, everybody's favorite crowd-sourced encyclopedia, is losing the crowd that keeps it updated. Founder Jimmy Wales told the Associated Press on Thursday:

"We are not replenishing our ranks," said Wales. "It is not a crisis, but I consider it to be important."

Administrators of the Internet's fifth most visited website are working to simplify the way users can contribute and edit material. "A lot of it is convoluted," Wales said. "A lot of editorial guidelines ... are impenetrable to new users." …

Despite Wikipedia's wide-reaching popularity, Wales said the typical profile of a contributor is "a 26-year-old geeky male" who moves on to other ventures, gets married and leaves the website. 

This is probably Google+'s fault.

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