Stories by Megan Burger

Struggling Wikipedia sheds thousands of editors

Research has shown that almost 50,000 editors left online encyclopedia Wikipedia in the first quarter of this year: 10 times the number who deserted the site in the same period of 2008. The staggering loss of editors from the user-generated site was reported by Felipe Ortega from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. Ortega built and used a computer program to analyse editing history on Wikipedia. Speaking to The Times, he said: "If you don't have enough people to take care of the project it could vanish quickly. We're not in that situation yet. But eventually, if the negative trends follow, we could be in that situation." In response, Wikimedia UK's Michael Peel told the Press Association that Wikipedia was in good shape. Peel suggested to PA that Ortega's figures may not be accurate. He questioned the research's definition of what a Wikipedia editor is.

Internet Explorer 8 coming soon

Microsoft has asked its software-testing community to participate in beta trials for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). A public beta will follow once the invitation-only test is complete - in the summer, according to experienced Microsoft watchers.