Citizendium, the “project, started by a founder of Wikipedia [which] aims to improve on the Wikipedia model with accountability and academic-quality articles as cornerstones of its work” goes live in beta today. They have 180 expert editors and 800 authors that have already worked on 1,000 articles. They also have “constables” which are:
friendly, hard-working folks who make sure the community runs smoothly. If you break a rule, a constable might gently tap you on the shoulder and explain what’s wrong. Constables make decisions solely about behavior, not about content, which is the domain of editors.
Here’s an essay by founder Larry Sanger as to why he thinks Citizendium, depite the name, will succeed. I’d like to participate, but unfortunately right now I don’t have a “non-free” e-mail address which is a requirement to be accepted.
I’ll be interested to see how things go here. What happens after the first sign of misinformation or vandalism???