On 5/28/06, Delirium <delirium(a)hackish.org> wrote:
I thought some people might be interested that Larry
Sanger's written an
article clarifying what he has in mind for a collaborative model that
improves on what he sees as Wikipedia's shortcomings:
(I don't agree with most of the article, but not all his suggestions are
completely wrong, either.)
So Larry Sanger is complaining about Wikipedia being too anarchistic
and Nicholas Carr is complaining about it being too hierarchical. You
guys must be doing something right :).
I thought the most insightful part of the article was this:
"I think that the Wikipedia community made a mistake when it decided
that it's the wiki part that explained Wikipedia's success. They
proceeded to apply the same software and content development system,
which happened to work (more or less) for an encyclopedia, to develop
very different kinds of projects: a dictionary, news articles, editing
public domain books, writing new books from scratch, and several more
things. It seems they found they had a whopping good hammer and
suddenly everything looked like a nail."
I think I've fallen into that trap myself a few times.