[Foundation-l] Academic article review

Pharos pharosofalexandria at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 20:53:15 UTC 2009

I agree with Yaroslav that we should have a specific role for experts,
or rather for the greater number of experts who may be interested in
contributing, but who will not be attracted to participate in the
classical back-and-forth wiki model.

But I do not believe that experts should have any special powers in
the editing of articles.

Rather, I think they should be encouraged to act in a pure review
capacity, assessing the existing work of Wikipedians, and making
recommendations for improvement.  This might also be partially
implemented through flagged revs, and I could also envision a type of
button at the top of articles that says "see last version assessed by
an expert".

Really, what we want to encourage is a sort of organized external peer
review of Wikipedia, possibly published through a new academic journal
for the genre, which authors might have some prestige in contributing



On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 2:30 PM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru> wrote:
>> One of your points there was:
>>> 6. The current experience (or at least my current experience) is not
>>> really encouraging. The real top researchers just plainly have no time
>>> to edit articles, nor are they really interested. Those who come are
>>> mostly interested in editing article about themselves or about their
>>> immediate research, and view this as a kind of free PR.
>> The same might be said of articles about Wikipedia.  If you don't get
>> any responses within 48 hours you are unlikely to get any at all.  I see
>> one response there but that is most likely because of the message to
>> which I am responding.  Your comments are on "Temp17" of what is
>> probably a much longer series of personal subpages.  There is very
>> likelihood that anyone will ever see it, let alone respond.
>> Ec
> Actually, I only have Temp17, and I was preparing it in my personal space
> (so far provided links to several users), but on one occasion a couple of
> months ago I posted it in this mailing list. It there is any interest, I
> will obviously move it to the general meta namespace.
> I did not yet check the comments, will do now.
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
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