|The Expert and the Fan|
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Wikification of General Knowledge
The natures of the expert and the fan are debated…
Expert: You can’t write an article unless you are an expert.
Fan: And an expert is…
Expert: Someone who has passed muster. Done their time. Gone the distance. Looked into things. Reviewed the research. In other words, someone with formal qualifications.
Fan: Doesn’t an enthusiast or a fan do the same thing?
Expert: Difference is the expert can differentiate between the main points and the minutiae. Separate the chaff from the grain. See the wood through the trees. Fans can quote you dates and places. Experts can tell you the story.
Fan: So why did the Wikipedia fans push the Encyclopedia Britannica experts off the shelves?
Much is made about expert opinion. Much is also made about the wisdom of collective intelligence. Both sides have a point.
EB articles were generally the responsibility of one expert. But when you have a collection of experts and fans, discussion can be more lively and offer a better perspective.
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