But because of its early contributors Wikipedia shares many characteristics with the hard-driving hacker crowd, says Joseph Reagle, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. This includes an ideology that resists any efforts to impose rules or even goals like diversity, as well as a culture that may discourage women.
“It is ironic,” he said, “because I like these things — freedom, openness, egalitarian ideas — but I think to some extent they are compounding and hiding problems you might find in the real world.”
Adopting openness means being “open to very difficult, high-conflict people, even misogynists,” he said, “so you have to have a huge argument about whether there is the problem.” Mr. Reagle is also the author of “Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia.”
So, now allowing everybody to work on Wikipedia content is considered ‘misogynistic’. Don’t mind that majority of the discussions there are free of “high-conflict people” and one has to look for controversial topics to find them.
An observation that all that’s really required to contribute is giving a damn about the content, regardless of contributor’s sex, qualifies as misogynistic too, I guess.