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From Aaan to ZZ Top (06 Sep 2004)
Ten years ago people thought the web could be a form of open, democratic public sphere, an informal gathering place for people to exchange ideas and freely express themselves without coercion.

But many online communities have been soured by flaming, clique-forming, and direct hostility, something with which Jimbo became increasingly fed-up.

Wikipedia is a "rallying point", he says, a place where people with common goals have the freedom to express ideas and share knowledge.

Yet they do not have to think the same way, or have the same agenda to be a part of the community.
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