***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Folks, There is a pretty good Wikipedia article on Social Networks, but it needs help in two ways. 1. Expansion of content (This does NOT include the social network service that you want to promote and make $1B from -- that stuff gets deleted almost instantly and is just annoying.) 2. Referencing specific stuff. Here's what a Wikipedia administrator wrote to me today: "I don't see anything wrong with references being cited multiple times. The objective is to allow the reader to know why (i.e. what independent research proves or justifies that) particular claims or statements are "true." If there are particular documents that should be in a "Further reading" section, great - create one and move or add those documents. But it's simply not fair to the reader, particularly a reader with no familiarity with this subject, to simply throw a list of about 30 documents at him or her when he or she is wondering about a particular fact or assertion. I know it's all old hat and ingrained knowledge to you but please help the rest of us figure it all out. :) If you have never used Wikipedia, it's fun. Just go to the article, find the section you want to deal with, click on edit, and do it. I advise you to Preview first, and remember to Save. Barry Wellman _______________________________________________________________________ S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Room 418 Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-7162 Updating history: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php Elvis wouldn't be singing "Return to Sender" these days _______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.