By Deane Barker on March 25, 2007

Citizendium aims to be better Wikipedia: They’re in for a tough road, I think. This has been tried before with Nupedia. It’s be interesting, though, to see how the two extremes do.

Citizendium has been operating in a limited manner that ends with this week’s official launch. Its volunteer base numbers roughly 900 authors and 200 editors. The site has 1,100 articles, with 11 “approved” by editors, meriting them a green check mark. Volunteers can revise any article, though already-approved entries are labeled as separate “drafts” while they’re being rewritten again.

Because the sign-up and other steps are the antithesis of Wikipedia’s brazen ease, it’s hard to imagine Citizendium garnering 3 million member accounts, like Wikipedia has.



  1. This has been tried before with Nupedia? No it hasn’t. Nupedia wasn’t a wiki. Citizendium has way more content than Nupedia ever did, after just a few months.

  2. We’ve been talking about Citizendium over at Highbrid Nation. Personally I use Wikipedia a lot and I don’t see anything knocking it off its top spot. The features that make Citizendium better may just be the features that keep it from having the same sucess as Wikpedia. There can only be one. Who will it be?

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