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Ann Arbor's Wikipedia

 

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Since Hampel was still in high school in 2005, that meant writing "about Community High School. I wrote about Kerrytown. Some of the content was just fun and simple, like where you can get free things on your birthday."

ArborWiki has grown remarkably in the eight ensuing years. Using the simple and user-friendly "wiki" format popularized by Wikipedia, it now hosts 11,500 articles on Ann Arbor businesses, public figures, history, and more. About 22,000 users visit the site per month.

Anyone can write or edit content, although a core group of around ten regular contributors does most of the work. While the site looks and operates much like Wikipedia, Hampel says it offers an outlet for local coverage that falls outside the global site's purview. "Wikipedia is really great, but they have a lot of rules on what kind of content can exist," Hampel says. "A lot of the content that would be of local interest would be deemed by their moderators to be not notable."

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