Jason Scott's The Great Failure of Wikipedia (the "Transcription of a presentation/speech given at Notacon 3, April 8, 2006") has recently appeared in the web and garnered considerable attention. Jason can hardly be called anything but a disinterested witness. The quote, here, is only a tiny portion of a long piece with many wide ranging and intelligent observations on the Wikipedia phenomenon:
I'd buy entirely that the Penny Arcade theory, which was normal person, plus anonymity, plus large audience, equals flaming f**kwad. That's the mirror that Wikipedia is presenting to us, and I think that we can learn quite a bit from it. [Go to the complete speech >>>]
This, of course, is precisely the point that underlies the first demand listed at the end of Wiki Watchdog's article Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands?
Jason Scott's speech can also be downloaded in various audio formats from http://www.archive.org/details/20060408-jscott-wikipedia.