Jimmy Wales on wikipedia
“I’m not that smart, just really friendly”
WP is community based, not rules based.
Compare to dynamic systems– a set of fixed rules generate complex behavior.
WP software allows most anything. But it tracks everything. This allows the community to restore/reset.
Models of growing systems– Conway’s life does not get a bigger board, nor would this affect things (unless you have programmed in wraparound). The rules allow for a few limited types of life. An open system would then assume those types existed, and use them as inputs for the next level.