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And I ask again, crowds of what?

It is easy to construct a crowd where everyone is 
talking past each other (few are listening or 
actually logically reasoning).  So crowd of what 
and the subject matter are important.  I suspect 
that given some topics and some crowds, it can 
be very hard to get more than a clear picture of 
the polities and the memberships and that is 
created by a different set of analysts/crowd.

Wikipedia and any other documented discussion 
has a feedback effect (that is the averaging 
function) if serious participants stay current 
and reanalyze past threads.  There is a difference 
in PageRank functions that order a search and 
analysis functions that select the answer from 
a candidate list.  That is precisely why an 
ontology is layered over a service (preselected 
choice of choices).   The connectedness (density 
of connections) of the ontology now comes into 
play and has operational or scaling effects based 
on the criticality of a choice.

Quick and don't look:  what is at the upper left 
of the majority of menu toolbars?  Would you be 
affected if it randomly moves to the center or right?


From: Elliotte Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu]

One of the revelations of Wikipedia is that crowds are pretty effective 
at self-selecting and self-policing. A random crowd would not be 
effective at picking surgical tools. A self-selected group of people 
interested enough in surgical tools to participate in a discussion of 
surgical tools likely would be; and in fact probably would do better 
than any one individual would, no matter well educated and credentialed.


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