Citizendium versus Wikipedia

What do we think are the pros and con's of Citizendium and other expert edited resources verus...

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Sarah Dawson
21 April 2010

What do we think are the pros and con's of Citizendium and other expert edited resources verus Wikipedia and other community  collaboration based resources?

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Sarah Dawson
10:44am 25 April 2010


It seems to me that the use of editors in Citizendium has in some way limited the scope of contributions received; this doesn't seem to have happened with the open collaborative way in which Wikipedia is set up.

Mandy Sadan
2:29pm 25 April 2010


I think the category of 'expert' is so culturally loaded (oriented to a US academic framework) that it is bound to impose a perhaps deadly limitation on Citizendium's success.

(And thanks for persisting with this Sarah!)

Sarah Dawson
10:49am 26 April 2010


I think there is good grounds for saying that the expert input improves the quality of what has been posted but it does seem to rather discourage the input of information, particulalry from the broad scope of people that contribute to Wikipedia. Does the broad scope of people collaborating via Wikipedia improve the quality of the information or just the volume?

John Millner
7:08pm 26 April 2010


I think the broad scope of people contributing improves the quality as well. In The Wisdom of Crowds James Surowiecki shows that a sufficiently large and diverse group of ordinary people will usually out-expert a lone expert. “Groups are often smarter than the smartest people in them.”

Sarah Dawson
9:20pm 26 April 2010


Really good quote John. I argree with this it makes a lot of sense!

Angela Beaton
12:16pm 2 May 2010


I confess I had never even heard of Citizendium prior to this course. I do feel the design is a bit offputting to the "layman".

David
4:49pm 9 May 2010


I have two concerns with Citizendium. The first is strictly practical: - are there actually enough editors to cope with volume of contributions and maintain the site? On a cursory investigation I have already found a few pages that are out of date.

The second is, who decides on the editors and how much power do they have? If an author submits an en entry with ideas that the editor disagrees with, would he or she be able to block the entry. In other words, censor the entry?

Sarah Dawson
10:31am 11 May 2010


These are good points, to me it seems wrong that one person can censor anothers work , especially if there is no solid system to support the selection and standard of the experts working on the site.

Brendan Clarke
8:49pm 6 April 2015


I think we should ask Antonio Gramsci- he might have had a word or two to say on hegemonical culture and experts and organic intellectuals.  However having said that, I have just hear about Citizendium by looking at this debate and so will come back later.  Though I do think I know what Tony will say.  B

Brendan Clarke
8:49pm 6 April 2015


I think we should ask Antonio Gramsci- he might have had a word or two to say on hegemonical culture and experts and organic intellectuals.  However having said that, I have just hear about Citizendium by looking at this debate and so will come back later.  Though I do think I know what Tony will say.  B

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