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The problem is that wikipedia editors are not creating new knowledge, they are just organizing it. A sort of wikipedia for research would be very valuable as a separate project, but papers are necessary because they enable a technical conversation. One or more authors present their particular view of a topic, and other researchers join the discussion by writing their own papers. On the other hand, a shared page is an amorphous piece of information that is very difficult to use as a discussion medium. In this sense, wiki articles are much more primitive than traditional research papers.



You make an good and important distinction, and I'll back off my flippant suggestion that annotations are useless. However, for fixing the problems listed in my post, annotations are not a good solution for the reason I said above: they don't condense the literature. (The importance of this relies on the non-obvious empirical fact that the dispersed literature, even when nicely linked, presents huge barriers to learning anything outside your sub-sub-specialty; not sure how much this is disputed.)

Based on your comment, I'm now convinced that a wiki-only model is unsuitable.


> One or more authors present their particular view of a topic, and other researchers join the discussion by writing their own papers.

I am interested in solutions in this space, but for a completely different practical effect: democratic discourse.

See: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9245772




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