The Decline of Wikipedia By Tom Simonite on October 22, 2013
Very interesting article. If I think of other sites that are built on the backs of volunteers, like Goodreads, I see some interesting correlations. For instance, their volunteer workforce is also shrinking - at least for the moment. Keeping a database of books up to date, with so many new ones published daily, is a huge undertaking. Paying people to do that would quickly become very expensive. When I think of the people who built that database on their personal time, but then (I assume) never received any compensation from Otis after he got his multi-million dollar payout, I get sick to my stomach. I'm sure new librarians will step to replace those that have left. But I doubt the site will return to the amazing place it once was. More changes are coming in my opinion that will continue to restrict the reviewer.
Unfortunately, there aren't enough volunteers at Booklikes, which becomes obvious each time I look for a book I just read. But I really have no desire to spend countless hours building the database over here. I keep posting tweets and Facebook updates begging authors to please add their own books. (Hint Hint - spread the word please.)
I then started thinking about the issue of Amazon (and others) starting to remove or not accept books that they feel have unacceptable content. Apparently, they have decided that they know what's good for us and want to "protect" us. This is wrong on so many levels. They are also a bunch of hypocrites. They have no issue selling sex. You can still get Playboy/Playgirl magazine there. They don't have an issue with objectifying people in that fashion. They also sell movies filled with sex and violence. But they are stopping authors from writing erotica that we enjoy reading. Why? If the material was so offensive, people wouldn't buy it. But if somebody writes a story, and somebody else wants to buy and read it, so be it. I hope the sites that don't play this censorship game grow substantially. Authors need sites that they can count on.
The article is very long, but here are some of the comments I found interesting. Spoilered to shorten.