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I can only think of a weird elementary school analogy to this whole Wikipedia/Qwiki thing.

Back in the days when I was a student, there were two easy (read lazy) ways out of reading a book/play: Cliff's Notes (in Canada, they were called Cole's Notes) or watching the movie version.

Neither was really a good substitute for the original, although the Cliff's Notes were invariably better than watching a movie.

If you were to see Wikipedia as the "Cliff's Notes" of a particular subject area, then isn't Qwiki just the "movie version" of the Cliff's Notes?




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