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How PESWiki Can Build on the Great Work at Wikipedia

We of PESWiki envision eventually migrating all major Wikipedia energy-related pages over to PESWiki where we can push the envelope further than is generally allowed at Wikipedia. It should be said, PESWiki is not an answer to all of the kinds of objections to Wikipedia. However, in the context of PESWiki vs Wikipedia, PESWiki has grown and offered safe haven for many which would be difficult or impossible to voice on Wikipedia. Both Wikipedia and PESWiki, as well as other wikiwebs, have grown phenomenally, and as the problems related to editing on Wikipedia have grown, PESWiki has developed as a place to avoid such drama through the polite forking of articles and creation of new content. Much of the criticism of Wikipedia has been addressed on PESWiki directly through our policy, or indirectly via our atmosphere and software, making PESWiki a much more welcoming place for serious free energy articles and discussion, we hope.

Perhaps you don't know the history of Wikipedia. For the many who watch Wikipedia from afar and through other wikis, their mission to slowly build specific encyclopedic content, rather than verify content before publication, has incorrectly become synonomous with "wiki". MeatballWiki has an article, "Wikipedia Is Not Typical", which focuses on this problem. Others point out that the Wikipedian goal actually misses the whole point of collaborative editing technology, which is to produce quality output which represents something "more true than not". Even though goodwill among "inside" contributors is a side effect of their dedication to a common goal, editorial biases and "edit wars" continually show up in the very public wiki process and final content.

Even some insiders have criticized Wikipedia's culture as "destructive" and "abusive". A thorough analysis of Wikipedia's policies and practices reveals an encyclopedia (yet apparently more of a "culture blog") whose goal is to objectively reflect the popular perceptions of the general public, especially of the dominant, Wikipedian majority perceptions about cultural, scientific and intellectual issues. There is an unquestionable, dogmatically imposed wikiculture, which puts the wiki's social dynamics above accuracy and truth. Now that Wikipedia is podcasting, the problems described on these pages are only likely to be further amplified.

Wikipedia has distinct and well-known limitations as an encyclopedia, and functions primarily as a cult-like community. There is no special process or mechanism to deal with a disputes, with factions (such as the pseudoskeptics) that can't or won't reconcile their terms to an open expression, even when disputes arise over matters of fact. Before PESWiki came to be, we wanted to actually build a free energy section over at Wikipedia, but we were overwhelmingly rejected there. They only want to touch codified, accredited, mainstream stuff. No fringe, cutting-edge, non-university-recognized stuff allowed. The Wikipedia license allows all their content to be copied anywhere, as long as the "copyleft" notice accompanies such content. We have the same license terms at PESWiki, so we're covered. We are using the same open source software: MediaWiki.

The reason we commenced a separate site rather than building these subjects at Wikipedia, is because some of the key topics we intend to cover are considered too non-conventional at Wikipedia and are not permitted there. So here is the plan. We can go in and copy an entire Wikipedia page over to PESWiki and then begin to modify it with the additional information and clarifications of which we are aware. It would be appropriate to link back to Wikipedia for credit, under the "see also" section. Thus we can build on the great work they have done, and take it to the next level.

More importantly, we can create new pages with content not even covered at WikiPedia, which pushes the envelope toward revolutionary energy technologies. Furthermore, we can use the wiki format for collaborative pages in project sections, such as open source projects.

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