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Monday, August 07, 2006

Help define what Akron is all about

By David Giffels
You can take the Akroness out of Wikipedia, but you can't take the wiki out of Akron.

The fact that some of you are completely baffled by that sentence and others are dumbfounded by its cleverness is further evidence of the Internet's cultural divide.

For some people, the online world is more familiar than their own physical neighborhood; for the rest, it is still a wilderness. (Perhaps MapQuest could help.)

So for the sake of all, we'll begin with a definition.

(From Wikipedia) Wiki: ``a type of Web site that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit and change some available content... ''

A week ago, I wrote about the failed effort by members of the Cool People From Akron online community to get the word ``Akroness'' into Wikipedia, the online, user-written encyclopedia. After vigorous debate, Wikipedia's editors decided the term wasn't valid and deleted it.


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