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Citizendium Project: “citizens’ compendium of everything,” will be an experimental new wiki project that combines public participation with gentle expert guidance.”
While this is causing irritation for many die-hard wikipedians, others note that this is a needed step to taming the commons of wikipedia. Academically, I think it’s a useful step forward in credibility. But any time, gatekeepers are added (non-democratically) possibility for abuse arises. Perhaps the real question boils down to how much democracy we are willing to give up for information classified according to certain standards.
See Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge for more info on the project.
Dave Snowden offers his opinion: “Its rather like Luther saying OK boys thats enough of the reformation, lets set up our own curia and start selling indulgences”