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April 16, 2007

Citizendium, a reliable Wiki?

Filed under: Uncategorized — sophiesun @ 4:12 pm

Wikipedia Founder Rejects…The Citizendium, a “citizens’ compendium of everything,” “is an open wiki project aimed at creating an enormous, free, and reliable encyclopedia.  The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding ‘gentle expert oversight’ and requiring contributors to use their real names.”

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3 Comments »

  1. There is a lot of good work on Wikipedia…why reinvent the wheel…wouldn’t it be wiser to revise Wikipedia articles than to try to create a new encyclopedia?

    Comment by shenra — April 16, 2007 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with shenra here. There doesn’t seem to be any major reason to start a whole new wiki–the possible exception might be a specialist wiki, but even then, I think Wikipedia may already serve that purpose.

    Comment by chutry — April 16, 2007 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  3. Perhaps this is the new beginning of another Wikipedia, but for the percentage of individuals who just don’t care to contribute to Wikipedia because of its lack of “no rules,” this new resource Citizendium may be the best way for them to contribute to a “more reliable resource” and experience som good esteem about it. Students themselves, for example,in high school or college won’t produce writings if it is “bleed to death” and criticized so to speak. I say, let’s give Citizendium a chance, and in time the contributors/stakeholders will decide how effective and needed it is as a web resource. Not always, but sometimes new ideas work well!

    Comment by spiders8 — April 16, 2007 @ 10:31 pm | Reply


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