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evan’s new wikiclock

In a brilliant use of wiki technology, evan has launched the wiki clock, which uses the wisdom of the crowd to maintain an up-to-date, anyone-can-edit, clock. I just checked the clock, and the time was wrong. In the old days, I would have just moved along, thinking “what a crappy clock.” But, because it is a wikiclock, I was able to easily edit the time so that it was correct. Anyone can do the same.

Some will say: “But this clock will often be inaccurate.” But the point is, 1. it is free, and 2. eventually, with enough editors, this clock will, on balance, often have the correct time.


  1. Boris Boris 2007-05-22

    This is a joke right? Please tell me it’s a joke Hugh…

  2. Boris Boris 2007-05-22

    ok phew.

  3. Hugh Hugh 2007-05-22

    i wasn’t sure how to answer that question ;-)

  4. Evan Prodromou Evan Prodromou 2007-05-22

    Well, it’s ha ha only serious. Sure, it’s a rampant abuse of the wiki technique to have thousands of humans do what a 2-cent microchip can do, but… what if it actually worked? There’s an almost mystical quality to a human-edited clock.

  5. jer jer 2007-05-23

    This is the most beautiful idea I’ve heard all week.

    p.s. All the cool kids love the Subscribe to Comments plugin, cause then they get emails when other people comment, then they come back and make it a discussion. (should be in WP by default, silly developpers)

  6. hugh hugh 2007-05-23

    “All the cool kids love the Subscribe to Comments plugin”


  7. Ron Evry Ron Evry 2007-05-29

    Well, if you set the time once and never change it, it will be correct twice a day…

  8. Hugh Hugh 2007-05-29

    ron, you are right, but then it would only be useful twice a day… as it stands, it is potentially useful several times a day.

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