Sober thoughts on wikipedia
Ok, ok, ok so wikipedia isn’t as great as I thought it was. I’ve read a lot of fascinating articles on Wikipedia and at times found myself in a wikitrap. I’ve been caught in a vortex of hyperlinks spinning me deeper and deeper in the annals of history. I didn’t find any glaringly obvious problems in my travels. Apparently some of the content is really bad.
I think the problem with Wikipedia is that there is no way for the crowd to credential the best writers. The input of crowds must have an effective mechanism to be judged by the wisdom of crowds. The blogosphere works better as the collective conscious of the net because it naturally elevates many of the best and does a good job of filtering out the worst.