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Proposal:Drop the idea that everyone can contribute knowledge

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  1. Achieve continued growth in readership
  2. Focus on quality content
  3. Increase Participation
  4. Stabilize and improve the infrastructure
  5. Encourage Innovation


The main problem of Wikipedia is the 'right' given indiscriminately to everyone to contribute.


Strong evidence of the contributor's expertise level shall be given and verified.


I see a great number of articles where dominates ignorance or ill-motivated wish to interpret the facts the way it suits the contributor's motives.

Key Questions

If a man says "I am a surgeon" - would you allow him to do the surgeon's job? If a real surgeon does his job - shall that job be judged by a fifth grader?

Potential Costs

Pretty high. True and effective knowledge cannot be obtained for free.


An example: What is the Computer Science? In order to get answer to this question - you shall type it in the web browser search field and start reading for example: http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~john/jenning.pdf and http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~john/whatiscs.html. The very first fact that follows reading these two articles is - you must have some basic education in order to be able to give a serious answer to this question.

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