What I desire from Wikipedia

For many years, I have valued Wikipedia as a source of interesting and useful information on a staggeringly wide variety of topics.  I wonder how long that will remain the case, though, given that Wikipedia is changing in ways some of us find unhelpful. Thinking and reading about Wikipedia’s dominant editing culture has helped me clarify what I like to get out out of Wikipedia, what its controlling forces want, and the difference between the two.  At one point, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia’s cofounder) presented a vision that greatly appeals to me: “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing. “ Unfortunately, one aspect of this vision...

Dopey, the Folder-Selection Annoyance

Just about every Windows program prompts a user to select a file for some purpose, such as through the Open File dialog window:   I’ll call this kind of window “Opie” for the rest of this article.  Occasionally, a program will prompt a user not for a file, but for a folder.  In such cases programs will typically bring up the Folder Selection dialog window, which I’ll call “Dopey“:   Had I never known Opie, I might not dislike Dopey.  Since I do, however, I find Dopey to be a vastly inferior and annoying UI element, for several reasons: 1. Dopey can’t get to a folder directly.  Most of my files are nested four or five levels down from My Documents.  When I’m working on a project, I’ll typically have...