Wikipedia's editorial community is the first of the two Wikipedias, as we discussed last week. Explaining it in under a minute is foolhardy, but let's try:
Simply put, Wikipedia's volunteer community is why there is a Wikipedia in the first place. Since 2001, people from all walks of life from all over the globe have decided to spend their spare time working on topics of personal interest—and sometimes strident passion—to create this massive information resource. And we're called Wikipedians.
Anyone can join the Wikipedia community simply by editing Wikipedia and deciding to learn, participate and grow as an editor. But most are men, most speak English, are well-educated, from the U.S. or Western Europe. Oh, and they're usually good with computers.
Even purposeful chaos needs some organization, which brings us to the second Wikipedia, which we'll discuss next week.