Larry Sanger

American former professor, co-founder of Wikipedia, founder of Citizendium and other projects

Lawrence Mark Sanger (born July 16, 1968) is the co-founder of Wikipedia.

I know Wikipedia is very cool. A lot of people do not think so, but of course they are wrong.
Wikipedia lacks the habit or tradition of respect for expertise. As a community, far from being elitist (which would, in this context, mean excluding the unwashed masses), it is anti-elitist (which, in this context, means that expertise is not accorded any special respect, and snubs and disrespect of expertise is tolerated).

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  • If the project was lucky enough to have a writer or two well-informed about some specialized subject, and if their work was not degraded in quality by the majority of people, whose knowledge of the subject is based on paragraphs in books and mere mentions in college classes, then there might be a good, credible article on that specialized subject. Otherwise, there will be no article at all, a very amateurish-sounding article, or an article that looks like it might once have been pretty good, but which has been hacked to bits by hoi polloi.
    • "Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism" at kuro5hin (31 December 2004).
  • A few of the project's participants can be, not to put a nice word on it, pretty nasty. And this is tolerated.
    • "Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism" at kuro5hin (31 December 2004).
  • Wikipedia lacks the habit or tradition of respect for expertise. As a community, far from being elitist (which would, in this context, mean excluding the unwashed masses), it is anti-elitist (which, in this context, means that expertise is not accorded any special respect, and snubs and disrespect of expertise is tolerated).
    • "Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism" at kuro5hin (31 December 2004).
  • Compare how Britannica and Wikipedia introduce the traditional system of Indian medicine called Ayerveda.
    Britannica is respectful.
    Wikipedia has no fewer than four dismissive epithets in the first paragraph: "quackery," "pseudoscientific," "protoscience," and "unscientific."..
    Not long ago, this article would have been regarded as a deep offense against multiculturalism. ... It is not the role of an encyclopedia to tell people what to think or to cast aspersions on entire cultures. ... Wikipedia should make *no* claims on its own behalf about what is (effective) medicine; that is not the role of an encyclopedia. It can repeat research on that though. ... You assume that you can detect what "modern medicine," or other scientific or scholarly work, really is, i.e., whether it actually passes muster of the scientific method. ... If the systems of peer review is screwed up, you can't. Nor if medical research is tainted by filthy lucre from Big Pharma. The world is considerably more complicated than the silly children at Wikipedia think it is. Britannica at least understands that much.
  • There is a massive irony in the fact that Wikipedia is so extremely biased: it was started by someone who cares unusually deeply about neutrality (me), who developed and defended its neutrality policy at great length.
    Man makes plans, and God laughs.
    • Larry Sanger. Tweet on Twitter, on Sep 3, 2020. [8]
  • It's harder to find a page where there *isn't* some glaringly obvious bias.
    • Larry's reply to the question "What’s an example of article bias on wiki?" Tweet on Sep 3, 2020

Interview, 2020Edit

Interview, Sep 2, 2020 Larry Sanger. Sep 2, 2020. Larry Sanger, founder of Wikipedia, Interview with Nupur J. Sharma. Larry Sanger, founder of Wikipedia, talks to OpIndia
  • It's mob rule and it has been basically since I left.
  • I wish they spend it in more sensible ways like they could be adding ... a feedback system for the public that does not require the public to actually interact with these insane wikipedians, that would be a start.
  • I can't tell you what the cause of the bias on wikipdia is, I can only tell you that its really obvious now it used to be quite obvious like even 10 years ago it was already pretty obvious 10 years ago, now it's just embarrassing... Now there is an official view about pretty much everything...
  • I actually think that the mechanisms just of people acting like jerks and driving off decent people who want a neutral reference, that's enough to explain the bias
  • There is no rule of law in wikipedia... but the way that the policies are applied is absolutely arbitrary.
  • They have no class.
  • They seem not to realize that it is possible to dispute what the facts are, as if they were in all cases absolutely obvious.
  • False balance... according to which on some topics the facts are known and if you actually try to let people make up their own minds by themselves by presenting one side and then another side in a balanced fashion then you are committing the sin of false balance, and wikipedia has absolutely abandoned the neutrality policy by endorsing that journalistic canard.
  • One thing that i would recommend, go to Everipedia, edit the article about the Delhi riots: that would be really interesting if you do that, once it is developed give me a link to it and I would be curious to see how the article differs from the Wikipedia article.
  • The best thing we can do basically is to supply alternatives and make them better and better and better

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