03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Wikipedia: Is the User-Generated Utopia Dying?

Like Leonardo DiCaprio's getaway in the movie The Beach, Wikipedia started as a user-generated utopia and has recently been plagued by infighting and tyranny. We dug a deeper to see if the maturing web giant has been affected. Here's what we found:


According to Quantcast, Wikipedia's traffic has been making lower highs and lower lows. In trading, that's the definition of a downtrend. Google Adplanner confirms the trend:


Is the world's largest open-source encyclopedia losing steam? Is it truly open-source? Where will the chips fall as the Wikipedia Gestapo quarrel over power?