I like the idea behind Citizendium. Itâ€™s good. In fact, it might actually be the best model weâ€™ve found yet. But itâ€™s still a flawed ideaâ€”and itâ€™s been flawed since before wikis were ever conceived.
With Citizendium going live this week, thereâ€™s been some discussion about its model. If youâ€™ve missed it, the short version is that Citizendium requires contributors to prove their identities and provide a biography or curriculum vitae. In addition to contributors, more qualified editors will oversee the creation and content of articles relating to their area of expertise and postgraduate study.
Whatâ€™s the problem? Well, aside from the fact that weâ€™ve already seen how easy it is to fool a wiki into thinking youâ€™re someone youâ€™re not, thereâ€™s the simple fact that people make mistakesâ€”sometimes glaringly obvious ones.