Poe Annotations – Sydney

Poe Annotations. I think writing and making notes on your work is a very valuable way to learn. It helps you to pick out key concepts and ideas and have a better understanding of what you are reading. It also makes it easier to go back to the reading when it comes time to answer questions.

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Poe Questions-Meghan

Pre-Reading Questions:

  1. The title of the article suggests that the article is about bees. After reading the article and seeing that it was actually about groups on Wikipedia. I think that the reason that Poe choose “The Hive” as a title is because in a way the internet or .Wikipedia are like a hive of bees. We get attracted to it and always go back to it.


  1. We use the Internet for everything. I found that reading this article was very informative on how the internet works. That the internet evolves everyday and becomes a greater source of information. I find that the article didn’t really change my understanding of the internet as a source of information and knowledge. Because what the article was saying and I find that what it was saying was what I sort of thought.
  2. Nupedia was different from Wikipedia in the way that it not great or is sort of good I’m not really sure.
  3. The names that Poe gives to these section relates to the quote by Eric Raymond that Poe uses in a way. The way that it relates is that the quote seems to be saying that given enough we can see everything or something of that sort but that will make one shallow.
  4. With the quote “We tend to think of truth as something that resides in the world. The fact that two plus two equals four is written in the stars – we merely discovered it. But Wikipedia suggests a different theory of truth” (Poe 275). This quote says one theory of truth but being asked the other I think that the truth that Wikipedia provides is that everything is somewhat true. Or something of this sort. I do not feel I am satisfied with this idea because I think that not everything is a truth.
  5. This passage resonates with me “One of the objects of common knowledge in Wikipedia, I’m relieved to report, is “Marshall Poe.” Recall that the Scottish Wikipedian Alai said that I had no “notability” and therefore couldn’t really be considered encyclopedic.” I find that this is a good statement.

The passage that bothers me is “Wikipedia has the potential to be the greatest effort in collaborative knowledge gathering the world has ever known, and it may well be the greatest effort in voluntary collaboration of any kind”. I don’t like how this says that could be the greats knowledge gathering place. Sure I like Wikipedia but sometimes this information found on it on its pages is not always true.

Poe Questions

Pre Reading Questions:
1. I think this article is called the Hive because bees work together in their hives. This article is trying to portray the idea that if we as a community work together, the end goal will be easier to obtain.

1. When you are told to do a research paper, nine times out of ten you are using the Internet to help narrow the information you need for your research. You don’t spend the time flipping pages of a book to get your answer. It is a great way to get information faster. While you are in the middle of your research paper, probably getting sidetracked, you might consider how the Internet came to be. I have learned that the Internet was developed and redeveloped by an open public. People sharing and collaborating on their ideas. Reading this article has changed my understanding on the Internet. Maybe now, I will have a great appreciation for it.

2. Nupedia is a very Stallman inspired name. It means all volunteer built. Wiki is a Web site that allows multiple users to create, edit, and hyperlink pages. I think the reason that Sanger and Cunc went head to head a lot was because of the edits you can make on Wikipedia. You can contribute to Nupedia but Wiki allows us to edit causing all sorts of chaos.

3. This is saying that if we get enough people to work together instead of fight, we can achieve our end goal. If a piece of the team isn’t working, the whole thing is going to have problems, so you have to fix the piece thats not working aka stop fighting, work together.

4. Truth needs to be discovered at some point. Without it being discovered, we merely have ideas. I agree with this point of view because it physically impossible to know something without putting it to the test. We need to test our idea and discover hard facts and evidence.

5. I resonated with the section: Common Knowledge. Throughout reading that section I could agree with what Krzysztof Jasiutowicz was trying to say up to a certain point then I ended up disliking what he said at the end. I couldn’t agree more about the logic he follows that loose community members make up Internet entries and the loose community members of Wikipedia make up that of Wikipedian entries. Owners of sites on the Internet can edit and create new articles while Wikipedia all contributors to the site can edit and create articles. What I did not like was that he was saying that therefore the Internet is useless while Wikipedia is better. I don’t understand the point of Wikipedia if you don’t have a clear line of common knowledge. Needless to say I had mixed feelings about this section.

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I have annotated in question form. Instead of making comments, I have asked questions. These questions are in response to my emotions and feelings while reading the article. Some are very opinionated but isn’t that the point of annotations?

Poe Annotations-Maggie Eaton

Pre-reading Questions

1. The title suggests that the article is about a group working together. I think he chose this title because the article is about groups of people working together to create Wikipedia pages.


1. I learned that the internet developed as a group of people getting together to share what they knew and their ideas. Reading the article changed my understanding of the internet. I have been able to use the internet my whole life. I had never thought about how it was created before.

2. Nupedia was an encyclopedia that had been written by Stallman. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that everyone can add to. Stanger was frustrated by Wikipedia because some of the articles had false information and people criticized what he wrote.

3. The sections in the article are about solving a problem. The quote is saying that if enough people try to do something together, the task becomes easy.

4. The alternative idea about truth is that it needs to be discovered. I agree with this. It is impossible to know something for sure unless you test it.

5. One passage that resonates me is “The Moderator”. I liked the way that Wales wanted to create an open internet site. One passage that bothers me is “Setting the Rules”. I think Sanger could have found a better way to protest Wikipedia.

IMPORTANT! Please Read: Youtube Video Introductions

A few of us have brief Youtube video introductions we’ve prepared to help break down the distance that can occur in online courses. I have one at the top of the Students page, for example.

You do need to make those videos public for us to be able to see them. Right now, the ones I have area listed as private.

  • Just go to the “Info and Settings” tab (a pencil icon below your video).
  • Find the dropdown menu that shows Private, Unlisted, and Public as options.
  • Choose Unlisted for a video that only people with the link can access. (I think this is a reasonable balance between privacy and publicity.)
  • Choose Public to make it fully public.

Once you do that, your video SHOULD be visible on the Students page.

In another day or two, once I know that everyone is able to get in and do work on the site, I will put the entire course site behind a password wall. It’s our space, so I’ll create it as our walled garden.

Important! Writing Groups (Please Respond)

This is technically an “asynchronous” writing course, which means that we don’t meet as a class at any specific moment in time.  All we know about online courses, however, points to the continued importance of meaningful interaction. And in a writing course, opportunities to work “together” a bit can really aid learning.

I will break the class into 3 “writing groups” for the term. I have built into the schedule “conferences” on Wednesday and/or Thursday, with the idea that members of a writing group would video conference with me for about 45 minutes each week.  I can move the conference days, of course, if we see it as necessary.

To explore the options here, I need to get a sense of people’s availability.

By Tuesday at 11:59 PM, please comment on this post with a range of your likely availability for conferencing on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

My plan is to host a Google Hangout for each writing group to enable small group video conferencing where we can collectively work on some shared Google Docs in real time, get to know each other, and build the trust and rapport we need to work well together.

Welcome to English Composition Online!



In an online class, it is essential to get a good early start with the tools for the class.  Our initial assignments intentionally force us to use those tools.

Getting Started 

  1. Take the  Pre-Flight Technology Checklist.
  2. Click the Syllabus link in the top navigation to read about the course.
  3. Click the Schedule link in the top navigation and complete the work listed for May 18 and the “For Next Class” work under May 18. (The “For Next Class” work is due by 11:59PM on Tuesday.)
  4. Report any confusion/problems you encounter in your work in our Ayuda! (Help) forum in the Discussion Board menu in the navbar. Help a peer by responding to questions posed in the comments below or in the Ayuda! forum. (I’ll also help, of course.

 A Note on Time and Workload

This is a four-credit summer online course that meets in a compressed six-week format.  Each week  is equivalent to about 2.3 weeks in a normal semester. In a regular term, this course requires 12-16 hours of class time and homework. Accordingly, you should expect to spend approximately 25 hours (or more) on coursework each week.

This work will ebb and flow, and you’ll find some flexibility in due dates. An assignment that requires active reading and reading response questions may take several hours, if you’re taking it seriously. And it will not be uncommon for you to spend 6-10 hours on a paper draft and another 6-10 hours on a revision. Any craftsman knows that one cannot rush either learning or quality.

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