The Failure of Completely Open Networks?
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 25, 2008
Responding to Scott Karp , who writes: Digg’s struggle with gaming is so extreme that they had no choice but to band certain forms of collaboration in a system that is defined by its collaborative nature. What this proves is something that has been known (and resolutely ignored by pundits) for quite some time: that the network effect is not cumulative. People keep portraying ‘the wisdom of crowds’ as though it were some sort of democracy - people vote, and whomever has the most votes wins.