Wednesday, September 20, 2006
But That's Your Argument. We Want Someone Else's Argument
Phil has news of an alternative to Wikipedia here, and given what I said here, unsurprisingly, I think it's probably a fairly good idea, if it can be made to work. What my recent experience of Wikipedia indicates is that a fetishism of sourcing has developed which rather is like a particularly ineffective, ersatz and bizarrely frustrating version of the changes which are being proposed anyway: a kind of scholasticism which would be a brilliant parody if it weren't in such poor taste. What's the point of the much-vaunted wisdom of crowds if you get shouted down unless you can cite one of the select few who make it onto the 'reliable source' list, anyway?