By Deane Barker on April 19, 2005

Nupedia: I got to reading about Nupedia last night, which was the predecessor to Wikipedia (there’s big article at Slashdot about all this).

Nupedia was actually the anti-thesis of Wikipedia in the sense that its articles were extensively peer-reviewed. It was an attempt to create an encyclopedia as “good” as the major commercial encylopedias.

It lastest three years. Total output: 24 articles.

Wikipedia has been around for four years. Total output: 1.5 million articles; 500,000 in English.

Wikipedia may have some shortcomings, but friction is not one of them.