interesting - perhaps
Great... another site that will soon rank above mine for my keywords.
|Great... another site that will soon rank above mine for my keywords. |
If you site is good enough then it will be referencing your website!
I like their design, so different
|If you site is good enough then it will be referencing your website! |
Doesn't matter if the links are nofollow and in a low visible sector.
|In the months since the Citizendium began, we have created and borrowed many articles |
On the road to failure... I can't even remember the name long enough to type it into a browser.
The name doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it?
If it's not going to be a "real" -- i.e. citable and academically sound -- encyclopedia then I just don't see the demand for this. It looks like what they want is to be more authoritative than Wikipedia, but is that aiming high enough?
In the UK one of our top entrepeauners is Richard Branson. He originally created Virgin Music that launched "Tubular Bells" (Soundtrack to Exocist) and signed such bands as "The Sex Pistols" and "The Rolling Stones" before selling to concentrate on transportation. He later set up V2, the new Virgin Music. Howether he was never able to repeat the initial success.
I think wikipedia mirrors that. I think it was an absolutely brilliant idea and anything that follows will be extremely difficult to establish.
[edited by: Keniki at 1:28 am (utc) on Mar. 26, 2007]
Ken, I've seen my share of one trick ponies as well. But, in marketing and communications, building on the success of another is a proven model.
This website you're on at the moment proves that Citizendium has merit. You're a new member here, but if you post enough you'll run into the mods who will keep you on the straight and narrow. WW has built a very useful resource using volunteers.
Richard Wright wrote a book called NonZero. He attempts to make the case saying that human progress is built not everyone winning and that mankind (and even much of nature) has in its being a desire to be helpful to others.
I do agree with others, however, that I'll never learn to spell Citizendium. How do you say it: Sit-I-zen-de-um? Bah.
Wright's book, I should have said, suggests society is built on everyone winning. I have a misplaced "not" in my post above. Sorry.
Well I had to Google the name to find the site, and then thought I would check it out - looked at Deconstructivism followed a link in the article to be informed that I had tried to edit the "article" and should become a member.
I followed a link at the bottom of the article and found a website with Adsense saying that they were currently re-designing their site.
A good start to using Citizendium - I think not!
How does Google view re-using articles from wiki and similiar sources?
Competition is good, but having been to the cit... website its such an obvious clone designwise it'll turn people off. They should have tried a completely different, more vibrant look and feel
Its not even a good clone, it looks worse than Wikipedia!
Oh good. Another clone of a site that is based around summaries of other people's research.
Wikipedia is basically duplicate content: all of its articles are supposed to be referenced from other more authoritative sources. Quite often, that means it's nothing more than a rehash of the information you can easily find on the rest of the web. And if Wiki wasn't at the top of every single SERP, this original information would be that much easier to find in the first place.
Excuse me, I need to go buy my fish a bicycle...
wow, just what we need. the wiki scraper site to end all others.
They should've called it zendium...
What's most striking to me: how did they manage to get their story into yahoo AND webmasterworld? There is a lot to learn from this, for sure.
|The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading. |
That's I got from any link on the front page. Not very impressive at all right now. How can I put this.... buy yourself some bandwidth.
You maybe right I certainly wish Citizendium the best of luck. I think the fact Wikipedia needs competition is valid. I just wonder what happened to "encarta" and why they didn't take a leaf out of wikipedia and open the thing up.
This deserves repeating, in my view:
|What's most striking to me: how did they manage to get their story into yahoo AND webmasterworld? There is a lot to learn from this, for sure. |
|how did they manage to get their story into yahoo AND webmasterworld? There is a lot to learn from this, for sure. |
It's simply riding the coattails of Wikipedia, which is the flavor of the month. It seems like you can't go a week without some minor Wikipedia article causing a controversy which makes it into the mainstream press (e.g. Sinbad reported dead).
The site will also be Slashdotted soon, if it hasn't been already, because they love to argue Wikipedia over there as well.
The design is nothing short of.. uninteresting and the name.. why not eCitizendiumPediaOnlineBestestWikiEver.org it amounts to about the same.
I'm facinated that companies or individals with some coin can throw it behind something that has no elagance. I rarely use Wikipedia at this point, maybe as a second or third source, so one can hope that they will be a tad more reliable, but still. Citizendium?