Law professor Eric Goldman states that Wikipedia will fail by 2010 and he is not going to prove it with an academic paper. In his definition, failure does not mean that the site will die and cease to exist, it means that Wikipedia’s dream will end.

The problem that Wikipedia and it’s dream of enabling anyone, anywhere to edit an article or item is credibility. In recent times there have been several high profile incidents that have prompted the website to take action to ensure article protection. Including article protection in Wikipedia means that they cannot provide the initial Utopian concept of allowing anyone, anywhere to edit or add content to the site. Right now Wikipedia has imposed something called flagged revisions on their articles about living persons. The flagged revisions system means that if you edit something about a living person, the changes will not go live until an editor within Wikipedia approves it. Professor Goldman predicts that a system such as flagged revisions will be implemented site-wide, which will delay the time taken for changes to appear on the website as well as provide heaps of work for the editors within Wikipedia.

The other problem the site will have is to carry on forward without offering anything to the editors who put some much effort may become unattractive to newcomers. And while Wikipedia concentrates on cleaning up and maintenance of its content, the dream of providing a anyone, anywhere the ability to contribute to an encyclopedia will surely die, says the professor.