This is an excellent idea. Rather than try to cram all points of view
into one article, how about loosening up and allowing several
articles with differing points of view or level of detail?
This idea has been discussed before, but is worth another look.
On Jan 5, 2006, at 3:05 AM, Troas wrote:
Inspired by the article about Wikipedia in Nature, I have recently
contributions to Wikipedia in my field of expertise. Based on this
experience with Wikipedia, I would like to suggest a change to the
of Wikipedia. I'm not sure whether my suggestion has been discussed
previously. I have scanned e-mails in the list from the last months
couldn't find anything related, but apologize if I simply reiterate
Here's my suggestion: Allow multiple entries for one topic.
Why? In my opinion, there is no such thing as THE perfect entry
topic or, as a matter of fact, the TRUTH about a topic. So, why
adopt one of
the shortcomings of printed encyclopedias? Why not allow users to read
different entries (and opinions!) about one topic?
An important complement of my suggestion is the introduction of a
system. How could this work? I would suggest a rating system
three parts. After reading an article, you can:
1. rate the quality of the entry on a, say, 6-point rating scale
2. rate yourself as an expert, amateur, or layperson in the field
3. enter strengths or weaknesses of this entry in a comment textbox
When you access an entry, you would then first get a list of existing
entries with their respective ratings – separately for expert,
layperson ratings. Based on these ratings, you then choose the
want to read.
Open questions: Is there a danger of too many articles for one
there be a limit of parallel articles? If yes, how do you get in new
articles if this limit is reached? (Possible solution: You can
write a new
article and "challenge" the worst existing article. If your article
higher ratings in the next, say, 4 weeks, your article replaces the
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