Sunday, September 17, 2006

Cathedral and the Bazaar

The canonical example of bazaar style development, Linux, allows anyone to modify source code, but pre-designated individuals, who are presumably competent, are the only ones authorised to make these changes permanent. Eg., if you want to change something in the kernel of the operating system, you have to successfully make a case to Linus.

Wikipedia lacks this quality control by domain experts, leading to a lack of polish. One co-founder, Larry Sanger, who devised the details of Wikipedia's neutrality concept, is starting an improvement over wikipedia called Citizendium.

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