To clarify, all people have to do is register to edit, a spam countermeasure. This is of course different from the LA Times experminent as there is a clearly stated goal. It will be interesting to at least watch.
In an experiment in collaborative journalism, Wired News is putting reporter Ryan Singel at your service.
This wiki began as an unedited 1,059-word article on the wiki phenomenon, exactly as Ryan filed it. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do the job of a Wired News editor and whip it into shape. Don't change the quotes, but feel free to reorganize it, make cuts, smooth the prose or add links -- whatever it takes to make it a lively, engaging news piece.
Ryan will answer questions from the comments page, and, when consensus calls for it, conduct additional reporting. If there's something he missed, let him know, and he'll get on the phone and investigate, then submit new text to the wiki for your review.
To make any changes, you'll first need to create a free account at Socialtext.
We'll release the results under a Creative Commons license, and, if the whole thing doesn't turn into a disaster, run the final story on Wired News on Sept. 7, 2006.