Jimmy Wales <jwales(a)bomis.com> writes:
Still, I think there is something to it, and I have
strong doubts that a
wiki or similarly "wide-open" collaborative process could produce a great
novel or play or poem.
Well that's something else entirely. We're not writing a poem.
More imaginative creative endeavours require a singularity of vision that, as
you point out, is often detrimental to encyclopedias.
A group of poets of mixed ability can produce a great anthology.
_Greatness_ for an encyclopedia article involves a
pretty healthy dose of "averaging"
Balancing of content, but thats not the same as but averaging of quality.
"The best lack all conviction and the worst are full of passionate intensity"