The internet we’ve always wanted

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) has managed to create a reliable online resource of the kind that Wikipedia and other crowdsourced sites can only dream of: shows that it is possible to create a less trashy internet
  • Impossible trinity of info:
    • Authoritative
    • Comprehensive
    • Up-to-date
  • The individual can be wiser than the crowd
  • Neither the authors, nor the dozens of subject editors, get so much as a dime for their troubles
  • If the SEP ever shuts down, Stanford promises to give the libraries that contributed all their money back, with interest
  • The SEP is a highly rare case of knowledge being separated from the trash heap
  • Two reasons why it could be replicated across the Internet:
    1. Even fast-moving, young disciplines like computer science or economics have core concepts that deserve comprehensive and authoritative explanation
    2. An SEP-like model could work more broadly is that the unpaid labor put in by SEP writers and editors isn’t something new to academia
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