Some time ago I commented on an essay by Larry Sanger titled "Who says we know". In short the essay:

... questions the "epistemic egalitarianism" adagium of Wikipedia. Simply stated: everybody is equal, an expert is not more (knowledgable) than a non-expert, together we define what is true.
I went on to say:
I understand the point he's making. And, though I too am enthralled by the success of Wikipedia, I also wonder how Wikipedia will solve, for instance, the "edit wars", that Sanger also mentions. Don't we need a mediator/expert to end those wars? Or can we simply allow two definitions to one entry?
Another solution could be to get in between Sanger and Wikipedia. Every now and then we would let experts in Wikipedia and have them correct, extend, etc. the entries. After they've come in, we let "the rest of the world" in, etc. In this way we have expert and non-expert "waves".
Well, it seems Veropedia comes close to my solution and what Sanger is looking for. Veropedia is very comparable to Wikipedia. Everyone can write articles. However, before they are published, a panel of experts checks the articles and, if needed, corrects them.
I'm curious if this is the solution and if people will accept this model and submit their entries to this platform. And will they send them to Wikipedia and Veropedia at once? Or will the crowd move from Wikipedia to Veropedia because it's more "reliable"? We'll see!

Anyway, I'd like to hear what you predict!

Update Aug 5 2011: Also refer to Macrowikinomics, p. 362 about collectivism.


  1. Veropedia edits using Wikipedia, therefore the content our editors add to Veropedia is taken from Wikipedia. As we press on with the task of fixing up articles on Wikipedia to add to Veropedia, Wikipedia is improved overall. We preserve the articles in their best state, and later we have academics review them to help establish any inaccuracies we can fix - or to give it their approval as a good article.
    Just thought I'd stop by and clear up just the fact all edits to Veropedia articles are done via Wikipedia.


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