CZ:Computers Workgroup/Recruitment Letter

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Dear colleagues,

Many people have a love-hate relationship with Wikipedia, which has made huge amounts of information freely available, but whose contents cannot be controlled for quality. Citizendium is a relatively new, expert-led online encyclopedia project at http://www.citizendium.org/. It was founded by Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia, and is intended to be a more accurate and credible, publicly owned and authored encyclopedia.

But for a wiki to be successful, there is a serious hurdle to clear: critical mass. If people don't see enough other people working on the wiki, they don't have an incentive to work on it themselves. Your expertise is urgently needed to make Citizendium a success. Please consider joining Citizendium soon in the Computers Workgroup.

Citizendium is currently in the process of reaching out to mailing lists and professional associations. In Citizendium, people author using their real identities, and expert editors provide gentle oversight. A sophisticated set of policies for maintaining quality and resolving issues of judgement and knowledge are being crafted by a dedicated community of both professional and citizen authors and editors.

In the meanwhile, if you'd like to sign up to join the project--as an editor *or* a rank-and-file author--then please apply here:

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Special:RequestAccount

Help Citizendium show the world what is possible when strong collaboration is gently led by real experts. More importantly, if there are large quantities of information about computers available online, let's make sure it's of high quality.

SIGNATURE HERE, PREFERABLY FROM SOMEONE IN THE FIELD