Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A World without Archer, Marcotte and Hilton

Am I the last to know about Citizendium? It was started by Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, in an attempt to get away from the loonies masquerading as experts who kept tinkering with entries. Citizendium is still user-written but applies 'gentle expert oversight'. Unfortunately, it is, for the moment, very limited. Jeffrey Archer is not in there and neither is Amanda Marcotte, nor, amazingly is Paris Hilton. Perhaps this means it is the best encyclopaedia out there, but, for the moment, I have taken out a subscription to the online Britannica.


  1. And the Britannica, I discover, also has no Hilton, Archer or Marcotte.

  2. Hm. The Wiki lords are finally coming out of their cloud of denial.

    'Tis true, ye lords of Wiki! Accurate research writing does require a professional and they usually don't do it for free!

    Here is a bit about my tangle with Wikipedia.

    That article garnered a nasty letter to the editor (see "Wiki Fit") from one Daniel Case.


  3. All in all, wikipedia's pretty accurate and surprisingly comprehensive.

    I don't feel much need for an alternative.

  4. Ali, you never were one to fully appreciate the blessings and guidance of "gentle expert oversight". Ingrate!