assignment 6

Stanfordpedia has several similar websites that it may be competing with for the same audiences.

Wikipedia.com is the premier example of success that Stanfordpedia hopes to emulate. The number of Wikipedia's users and contributors are both large, which is the foremost reason for its success. However, Wikipedia's has no specific focus. While it has the capability and potential to delve deeper into specific topics, the way Wikipedia's reputation and structure prevent it from doing so. Wikipedia sticks to its namesake and provides encyclopedic knowledge on virtually every topic in the world. Users of Wikipedia cannot do deep research into any specific topic by looking it up but rather they can get a broad overview and shallow but useful understanding of the researched topic. With so many new topics and ideas being invented each day, Wikipedia has so much to keep up. Wikipedia definitely has the potential to accumulate virtually all the knowledge of the world, but doing so is such a long and almost unreachable quest that might take lifetimes to complete. Stanfordpedia by significantly narrowing the scope of topics to Stanford, allows for a deeper understanding of Stanford University and the Stanford community. However, even accumulating all their is to know about Stanford would be nearly impossible and take life times to complete. Thusly, we can conclude there is definitely enough information on Stanford alone to keep sustaining a website like this and at the same time allows for a growth of accumulated knowledge in a much more specific topic.

Stanford University Wiki basically is a wiki created specifically for Stanford University. SUW still sees activity, with updates as recent as May 20, 2008. It already has more than 750,000 registered users and reports having 135 legitimate articles. SUW is extremely similar to Stanfordpedia. SUW seems to have lost interest, and in many ways this could be because so much work still needs to be done on the site. While SUW has successfully branched out into many parts of Stanford life and culture, it has very few complete articles. Because of this, it simply is not a very usable resource yet. Completing even just one thing, such as a guide to all the dining halls or to all the residences could help start interest in the site and create a steady stream of users coming to check out even this one section. With a steady stream, people could start to slowly contribute more to related topics until hopefully it encompasses a large degree of Stanford. SUW has too many incomplete pages to be useful, which leads to its problem of losing interest.

The Unofficial Guide Online is a site put out by the SSE in conjunction with the ASSU. The UG provides very similar information that Stanfordpedia provides. While its online form may not be visited as often as its physical counterpart, it provides a good tool for looking into Stanford because its already has a lot of pertinent information. However, the UG is limited in that no one can add to it. It also doesn't delve as much into specific things of interest to members of the Stanford community, such as where are the best places to live or study on campus.

College Prowler also provides a similar look at Stanford. Many people who might come to Stanfordpedia might be trying to make a better decision about whether to come or apply to Stanford (or even the parents of these students), and might want the inside word instead of the official mumbo jumbo Stanford sends out in its brochures and pamphlets. CP does just that, and compiles guides to various universities based on surveys and interviews with students at each school. However, this is limiting in that CP is geared towards a college-bound audience and not as helpful to current members of the Stanford community. SUW has too many incomplete pages to be useful, which leads to its problem of losing interest.

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