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Status: Vibrant
Language: Multilingual
Edit mode: OpenEdit
Wiki engine: MediaWiki
Main topic: Internet

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Wiki Size: 20,445,421 pages see stats...

[edit] Description

AboutUs is a wiki of websites that anyone can edit. It is currently in Beta. AboutUs encourages people to register with their Real Names

[edit] Criticism

AboutUs has been criticized for displaying public whois data information from websites. The website has a bot which scrapes information from a website and uses it to make a starter AboutUs wiki page. The initial seeding of the wiki had a bot that disregarded websites protected by a robots.txt. Websites are still vulnerable due to the fact that the wiki encourages AboutUs users to add information about the website to it.

[edit] Response

AboutUs uses publicly available information to create a starter wiki page on every website that is searched for on its system. (after the initial 2+ million seeding) Unlike weblogs, or the whois system, it is very easy to change or request removal of information (from the history).

The initial seeding of the wiki had a bot that disregarded websites protected by a robots.txt. That was quickly fixed and efforts are ongoing to revert the edits that are in conflict.

It is a bit jarring to people who are not used to an open edit internet, that anyone, anywhere can write about them or the things they care about in such a manner. I suppose it was also jarring to people when weblogs exploded on the scene.

[edit] Wiki pages

The wiki has over 13,000,000 wiki pages according to our stats page, which obviously needs to be honed down a bit: stats. Only about 983,674 have been edited, but that does not mean the pages that have not been edited cannot be edited.

[edit] Related wiki

  • Wikidweb is another wiki that discusses the web as a whole.
  • Whoisbehind also discusses the web as a whole.
  • Quarkbase is another wiki that discusses the web as a whole, with one page per website.
  • WebsiteWiki is a similar wiki in German, focused on German sites