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December 30, 2007

The Times Online: CZ is “a newer, more reliable alternative”

Filed under: Press & blogs — Larry Sanger @ 11:56 am

A new Times Online article mentions CZ glowingly:

A newer, more reliable alternative is Citizendium (en.citizendium.org). It was started by a Wikipedia founder and employs the same idea that anyone can write for the site, but it claims to use a team of vetted experts to make sure articles are accurate, and contributors are all required to use their own names rather than hiding behind aliases. It cannot compete in size: in its first year, only about 4,500 articles have been submitted, compared with 2.1m (in English alone) held by its big sister.

“Big sister”?  Try “crazy old aunt in the attic.”  Yeah, we can’t compete in size, because we are only one-seventh the age of Wikipedia.  Give us time.  But as long as the Times Online is describing us as “a newer, more reliable alternative,” I’ll be happy.

(We really ought to spruce up our press page.  We’ve got huge amounts of coverage but we really don’t have many links to it all, and we haven’t pulled out the juicy quotes like that.  It would help!)

I also found this really interesting story, in which a German MP (Katrina Schubert, deputy leader of the Left Party), braving the laughably obvious irony of the situation, demanded that the German Wikipedia reduce the number of banned Nazi symbols.  She ”encouraged police in Berlin to press charges.”  She has since dropped her charges, but says, “This isn’t about restricting freedom of opinion, it’s about examining what the limits are.”  Yeah, sure.  I’m sure that’s always the case.

2 Comments »

  1. Its all good…

    Comment by Denis — December 31, 2007 @ 5:52 am

  2. Hello Larry! I couldn’t find your e-mail address, that’s why I leave my message here. What do you think about this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Vitamin_C_on_Citizendium

    Comment by Berci Meskó — December 31, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

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