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Is The Man Keeping Us Down, Or Is It Just Us?

Entitlement, anyone?

After a terrifying barrage of vitrolic hate from vast legions within the webcomic community, we have channeled all that energy into.... what? A more extensive and nuanced Comixpedia.org? A stunning Citzendium prescence? A increase in participation within the strictures of Wikipedia? Not as far as I can tell. We've done nothing. A big fat zero. Citzendium has a stub for xkcd. That is the whole thing. And I would venture to guess that stub exists because Citzendium attracts intellectual geeks, not because of our efforts. Wikipedia seems to be pretty much the same, with the same old faces and the same old arguements. Comixpedia languishes as little more than an ad board.

In case you aren't picking up where I am going with this, we should be embarassed. I am embarrassed. I am joining Citizendium today to try to help rectify the problem. I hope everyone who complained follows suit and gets out there to do something productive. If we care so little about webcomics, why should we expect anyone else to?

Apparently Complaining Rocks!

Erg's picture

Accountability does not create the fire storm whining does, I guess.

Difference Between Wikipedia and Citizendum

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

This is hilarious - Citzendum's FAQ on how it's different from Wikipedia:

 

If you're not trying to shut Wikipedia down, then what relationship do you want with Wikipedia?

A mutually complementary one, in which we occupy different social niches, as it were. Those who want to work in a system committed to the maximum empowerment of amateurs should always be able to do so on Wikipedia. Those who, by contrast, want to work shoulder-to-shoulder in a bottom-up system with experts, in which the experts are able to settle content disputes, will soon have the option of doing so on the Citizendium. Furthermore, those who want the option of working anonymously and in a wild-and-woolly atmosphere in which rules are not necessarily enforced should always be able to do so on Wikipedia. Those who, by contrast, want to take personal, real-world responsibility for their efforts, and to work in a dynamic but rule-governed environment, will soon have the option of doing so on the Citizendium.

 

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Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Erg wrote:Comixpedia

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

[quote=Erg]Comixpedia languishes as little more than an ad board.[/quote]

Comixpedia.org has problems - lack of involvement for starters but it's a bit more than an "ad board" at this point - I haven't checked the article count but it's into the 1000s.

Otherwise I think this is a great post and I agree with it.

 

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Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Sorry...

Erg's picture

I didn't mean to slap it like that. There are some very high quality entries at Comixpedia, but because of the low involvement they get drowned out by stubs in alot of cases I think. Honestly I haven't been involved enough, and that has to change.