[Foundation-l] Expertise and Wikipedia redux

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 19:40:04 UTC 2010

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> This reads like a radical anti-egalitarian manifesto by some young
> Internet-based firebrand. Wikipedia is way cool! Universities are dead
> institutions walking! We'll all learn off the web! Social networks
> will replace campuses! You know the sort of thing:
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion-analysis/stand-and-deliver-on-its-last-legs/story-e6frgcko-1225937823844
> Then I got to the end and m`y jaw dropped when I saw what the author
> did for a living. (Try to read the article without skipping to the
> end.)
> So. What do we do to distinguish experts from non-experts when we no
> longer even have credentials as a marker of expertise? (e.g. there's
> not a vast reserve of commercial positions for pure philosophers.)
> - d.

Crowd-sourced reputations! We list all the people who want to be
experts, and let Wikimedians vote them up or down! Kind of like
academic "Hot or Not."

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