Should open source encyclopedias defer to expert opinions?

Here’s an interesting op-ed on The author, one of the founders of Wikipedia, makes a few good points about the perceived weaknesses of the open source encyclopedia. However, he relies too much on the Expert Fallacy in arguing for a change in the project. The article is worth reading in order to understand some of the most pointed objections about wiki projects, but the commenters, especially Kasreyn are just as worthy of attention.

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By lsanger
Fri Dec 31st, 2004 at 12:42:24 AM EST
Wikipedia has started to hit the big time. Accordingly, several critical articles have come out, including “The Faith-Based Encyclopedia” by a former editor-in-chief of Britannica and a very widely-syndicated AP article that was given such titles as “When Information Access Is So Easy, Truth Can Be Elusive”.

These articles are written by people who appear not to appreciate the merits of Wikipedia fully. I do, however; I co-founded Wikipedia.

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