It's time we addressed a few of the nifty, sometimes-serious, sometimes-sardonic crowdsourcing derivatives that have begun popping up:
Crowdslapping: If anything displayed the wisdom of crowds, it was the speed and wit with which they subverted Chevrolet Tahoe's attempt to jump on the user-generated advertising bandwagon. Chevy put up a site providing users with the tools to make their own ads. The people responded by using those tools to skewer everything from SUVs to Bush's environmental policy to, natch, the American automotive industry. To my surprise (and to Chevy's credit), they declined to take down the satirical videos. "It's part of playing in this space," a spokesman told the New York Times. He's right of course, and it just goes to show: You can tap the crowd, but that doesn't mean you can control it. I wish I could claim the credit for coining Crowdslapping – a useful term for anytime the crowd turns against the crowdsourcer – but that goes to Mark Robinson, my editor at Wired. Alt: Crowdfucking, proposed by Frank Rose, a fellow Wired writer.
Crowddumping: Russell Kord, a stock photographer and frequent commentator on this site, proposed this apt term, which describes the process of masses of producers flooding the market with goods of varying quality. As we've begun to see, "good enough" is often good enough, whether that describes a non-profit like the National Health Museum, which doesn't require high-end stock photography, or a writer who doesn't need flashy Web design.
I'm formally soliciting submissions for additional entries to the Crowdblanking lexicon.