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I describe myself as a person who posts to Wikipedia:

When you use maps, you don't get lost.

When I want information, one of the first places I look is Wikipedia. I like how democratic the wiki ideal is: if anybody can edit any text, then incorrect or outdated information, when it slips in, is going to get caught and corrected, so the entries are going to get better with every revision.
I also like how easy it is to follow hyperlinks in the entries to learn about related subjects. The problem I often hit, though, is that I follow three or four links and suddenly I'm lost. I'm on a page that has nothing to do with my original page. Or I see a bunch of hyperlinks and I can't figure out which are important and which aren't. To put it briefly, there are a lot of hyperlinks that would let me follow a lot of interesting paths to a lot of interesting information, but because the links aren't organized visually, I have no idea which paths are going to turn out to be the interesting ones.
DNE maps are also built on easy hyperlinks, but the links are never blind jumps to a topic that may or may not have anything to do with what I'm reading. I can see where the link goes (it's on the map), and what's more, I can see where that route leads (links four or five topics away are on the map, too - and I can see a lot of meta-data without even opening the link). So I can always see the full context. And I always know that all the links are going to take me to somewhere relevant. Each map is a closed system on a topic, so every link is relevant to that topic.
Don't get me wrong, I still love Wikipedia. It would just be so cool if the Wikipedia content were organized as maps, so that I could see the full context of an article. Let me show you what I mean. I put a map on the Dekstrus web site that's all about the Beatles. Most of the information on the map is just links to Wikipedia articles (I told you I like Wikipedia!), but organized as a map. Check it out and tell me you don't think that the map makes the information so much easier to find.
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