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Wikipedia Co-Founder Eyes Rival Site

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Wikipedia's co-founder, Larry Sanger, is creating a rival encyclopedia site. Sanger says Citizendium will require contributors to use real names and prove expertise. And experts will be asked to check for accuracy.


And today's last word in business is about getting the story right. The co-founder of Wikipedia says his site is not. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that offers everyday people a chance to write or edit articles on any subject from lightning to lightning bugs. The site is hugely popular but it's never been known for perfect accuracy.

So Larry Sanger, who helped invent Wikipedia, is creating a rival site, which he calls Citizendium that he hopes will improve on the original. Citizendium will require contributors to use their real names and prove they have expertise to actually know hat they're talking about. And experts will be asked to check the site for accuracy.

Sanger hopes to avoid prank postings, like one that appeared on Wikipedia a couple of years ago, when somebody wrote an article linking a journalist to both Kennedy assassinations.

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