Wed 29th July 2009, 8:19pm
QUOTE(Kelly Martin @ Wed 29th July 2009, 12:46pm)
I think it's obvious that Citizendium will be killed by brain-sucking zombie threads.
Citizendium had every opportunity to learn from WP, and to simply copy the things that WP does right, and which make it grow. Contrary to popular belief, not all of these are the very things that make WP bad, resulting in inescapable Catch 22's.
For example: you don't need to be a Ph.D. to fix grammer, syntax, and spelling errors. Or do a lot of the other stuff that an encyclopedia needs. Unidentified people can do gnome work. And will. And you should LET them.
And many a Subject Matter Expert is a horrible writer who needs to have his sentences and paragraphs broken up to something readable. Even somebody who knows nothing about the subject can see that.
So now the irony: Sanger ORIGINALLY in 2001 proposed having the Great Unidentified Unwashed create feeder articles, for Subject Matter Expert review and final touchup. And I think that model, which combines good features of both Wp and Citizendium, will eventually succeed in making the best collaborative encyclopedia possible. (Flagged revisions...!)
But then, Sanger forgot his own original proposal, and went off to re-invent every aspect of the wheel, including those which Wales' default program had already shown (by then) to be ahead of anything out there.
And that was not smart.