by user False Prophet
So on April 16, there was the Virginia Tech shooting. 2 hours later, it had a Wikipedia article that had these 19 words:
The Virigina [sic] Tech shooting incident occurred on April 16th, 2007. One person has been reported to be slain.
The article has since been edited by some 2,000 editors, with some 7,500 revisions. Here's what The New York Times' Noman Cohen wrote :
IMAGINE a newspaper with more than 2,000 writers, researchers and copy editors, yet no supervisors or managers to speak of. No deadlines; no meetings to plan coverage; no decisions handed down through a chain of command; no getting up on a desk to lead a toast after a job well done.
Think about it. In one week, the article went from 18 words, to a full length, referenced, and polished article. That's the beauty of Wikipedia. I couldn't imagine how this type of thing gets done, except for the fact that I contribute to a wiki. It's just a great thing.
Here's a youtube video of the first 12 hours of the wikipedia article: