Crowdsourcing is cool again, and you can join the fun of verifying donors to Trump’s inaugural

Crowdsourcing? That’s a name we haven’t heard around these parts since 2011 or so, when the New York Times sent an open invitation to readers to spend the weekend helping sift through more than24,000 of Sarah Palin’s emails in search of juicy dirt. If we remember correctly, that fishing expedition turned out to be a bit of a bust, which might explain why the mainstream media seemed to sour on crowdsourcing taking a hard pass, for example, on having readers scour a dump of some 30,000 “lost” emails fromformer IRS official Lois Lerner, which then turned up on hundreds ofdisaster recovery tapes.

Just like fact-checking, crowdsourcing is now cool again, and the Huffington Post is thrilled to have hundreds of volunteer muckrakers busily verifying donors to President Trump’s inaugural. Really, it’s a party atmosphere out there the likes of which hasn’t been seen since those pussy hat knitting bees.

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