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plebipedia

Wikipedia with no non-free citations
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A public encyclopaedia that is identical to wikipedia but which may only contain citations that link to freely accessible books, papers and other sources. In common with wikipedia, all claims published in the plebipedia should be accompanied by a citation; however citations that link to a journal which requires a subscription are strictly forbidden.

The resulting encyclopaedia will, compared to wikipedia, likely be a dark, unenlightened void of ignorance, which will serve as an on-going protest against research institutions that elect to keep their findings shielded from public view, and will stand as a testament to the existence of the knowledge divide that exists between academic elites and the wider public.

Another even stricter version of the plebipedia might be created which only allows citations of publications which themselves only cite other open-access publications, each of which only cites other open-access publications, and so on. Although, the resulting plebipedia will probably possess about as much value as a 19th century encyclopaedia which has entered the public domain.

idris83, May 23 2011

Would citations of this be allowed? http://www.google.c...&bih=722#ps-sellers
[mouseposture, May 23 2011]

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       The whole system fails once Plebipedians start citing Wikipedia.
DrWorm, May 23 2011
  

       What about published books? They are sold for money so presumably any information sourced from a book is also suspect. Even out-of print information - since the book was published for money back the even 200 years ago. Also, any information acquired in lessons or classes where the student had to pay for admission - so any fee-paying school, or private tuition in any field.
pocmloc, May 23 2011
  

       (Pedant) sp. plebepedia. Or even better, demopedia. Both parts of a word should come from the same language; in this case Greek.
spidermother, May 23 2011
  

       Therefore Demopædia, if you please.
infidel, May 23 2011
  

       // Although, the resulting plebipedia will probably possess about as much value as a 19th century encyclopaedia which has entered the public domain. // Considering that many of the books i refer to in my work are at least three centuries old, that would be quite worthwhile. However, [+] and we need a new Invisible College.
nineteenthly, May 23 2011
  

       How about 庶民 المو سوعة.   

       // Even out-of print information - since the book was published for money back the even 200 years ago. //   

       It's less about the ethics of money and more about having access to the knowledge at all. At the moment if you're reading something on wikipedia, unless you're connected via an academic network, you won't be able to read half of what's in the bibliography. A fully copyleft / viral-license / public domain-to-the-source encyclopaedia is another pastry for another oven.   

       // What about published books? //   

       I guess books are trickier because even academics might have a hard time accessing them compared with online journals, and whereas some countries may have a good, publicly accessible state library allowing anyone access to this knowledge, others may not.   

       // any information acquired in lessons or classes where the student had to pay //   

       Not sure if I've ever seen a wikipedia link attempting to cite the contents of a lecture somebody attended at a private college.
idris83, May 23 2011
  

       Oh man. Halfbakery burnt my unicode. It was a funny joke as well.
idris83, May 23 2011
  

       Yeah, sorry, we're still stuck in iso8859-1 land. I should fix that.
jutta, May 23 2011
  

       Just start appending the words free link or pay link or paid link in Wikipedia articles.
popbottle, Jul 05 2013
  
      
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