Maybe I like wikipedia because I can find info (quick reference) about something faster than looking up in Google (besides FireFox redirects me there if I type words in the address bar). But I just don't like Wikipedia, nor the term Wiki and its application, for the fact that anyone can edit it. Therefore it is an untrusted source of information.
My goal is to make a similar version (don't know if version is the right word for this) of Wikipedia, free, but that no one (the whole world) could edit it, containing information confirmed by trusted sources (companies, entities, etc).
What do you think of this idea? Would you join me?
Answer by chadt4 · Oct 18, 2010 at 07:21 PM
It already exists. Knol is like Wikipedia but less open. Users can still edit and make suggestions to posts, but users can also rate and comment on articles to ensure quality. The people who write for Knol also have a very good idea of what they are talking about. Many are doctors, psychiatrists, or other professionals.
Knol is a Google project that aims to include user-written articles on a range of topics. The project was led by Udi Manber of Google, announced December 13, 2007, and was opened in beta to the public on July 23, 2008 with a few hundred articles mostly in the health and medical field. Knol has no policies regarding sources or neutrality. Some Knol pages are opinion papers of one or more authors, and others describe products for sale. Some articles are how-to articles or explain product use. Other people can post comments below an article, such as to refute opinions or reject product claims.
On January 16, 2009, Google announced that Knol had grown to 100,000 articles, and users from 197 countries and territories visit Knol on an average day.Since then, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Currents: Influenza and the Harvard University-sponsored forum for Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Platform have utilized knol-based collections for rapid exchange of research. The term knol, which Google defines as a "unit of knowledge", refers to both the project and an article in the project. Several experts see Knol as Google's attempt to compete with Wikipedia, while others point out the differences between the projects.
Answer by Techeads · Oct 18, 2010 at 09:50 AM
I agree with you (ramosdelpalo9), info on Wiki is (sometimes) as informative as a political ad on TV. However, the cost and logistics of maintaining real, trusted and, bias free content are going to be hard to overcome.