Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Hmmm! I've got an idea that was inspired by my WayBack Machine rant.
A WIkipedia without organizing and censoring administrators, because - as I was writing about the WayBack machine - I came to realize that ALL human generated data is useful. With the exception of a small administration that essentially controls repetitive spamming, Aidepikiw.com - or EvertbodysGotSomethingToHideExceptForMeAndMyMonkey.com or whateveryouwanncallit - is intended as a topic based free-for-all battle of opinions and statements, no matter how accurate or outrageous. If managed properly, I bet it would become more popular than Wikipedia- nay - more popular than the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - and all within a few years, too!
The key is a search capacity that reaches down through successive layers of editings (nothing is ever really overwritten) so that you can reach down deep and pull the information you are looking for. For example, under a controversial topic, say, UFO's you could gather info on how many entries were pro and anti, what facts and arguments are presented.
This is the problem - and the Achilles Heel of the present Wikipedia - It is defined through the eyes and sensibilities of its administrators, a filter of contemporary - and thus temporary - standards that claim to be empirical and thus in error, but even more damning - such an approach is censoring and even more heinous, it's boring!