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Re: [Bug-gnupedia] Ratings

From: Mike Warren
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnupedia] Ratings
Date: 21 Jan 2001 00:23:25 -0700
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"Hook" <address@hidden> writes:

> Access to an online encyclopedia which has authoritative articles
> would be a major benefit, access to a web site which rates
> everything as equally important considerably less so.

These are the goals of NUpedia. 

> GNUpedia seems to be heading more towards a library than an encyclopedia.
> There's absolutely no harm in that, but there *is* a difference.

I agree. But there *is* considerable value in each (especially when
one considers that most Web content isn't freely-available) and
NUpedia seems to be heading down the road to quite a valuable free

> Personally, I'd be considerably less interested in a site which
> rated *all* content as equally valid -- you only have to drift
> through any chosen selection of Usenet groups to see what effect a
> lack of moderation can have.

With the opportunity for many different groups to ``moderate'' the
content (i.e. make their own classifications and rating of GNUpedia
information), hopefully users will have many different qualities and
viewpoints to choose from.

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