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Not crowds, but feedback, aka, 'wrong rock or right rock'.  It 
requires a means to remember results and pose alternatives. It 
would be interesting to take any topic and watch the evolution 
of the 'selectors' and 'selectors of selectors' in a wikipedia 
entry system. "Self-selected" and "Selected by selectors" is 
a common hierarchy for evolving systems.  That may be a pattern 
of 'input in a smart way' (see first and second order cybernetic 

The crowd is mass storage and a read/write head.  "It" happens 
because interested parties have access and edit rights.  "It" 
fails when they know enough to choose a "medical scalpel" over 
a "graphical scalpel" but don't know which grip to apply.  So 
selection and practice matter. In music, it's a "good instrument plus 
chops" and if one has to pick one, "chops" are more important.

Would you let a crowd choose your spouse for you?

I did. It worked. Picking the right crowd was the secret.  :-)


From: Nathan Young -X (natyoung - Artizen at Cisco)

The scalpel a surgeon uses today is very much the result of "wisdom of the

Which points to how thoroughly "wisdom of the crowds" is a misnomer.  Does
it capture:
 - if you take input in a smart way (more of an art than a science) you can
do better work than you could alone.
 - for some problems there are very reliable solutions that involve
analyzing the behavior of a carefully selected group in a very specific way
 - there can be working modes that incorporate multiple reviews and
revisions that result in very very good results

All of this begs the question:  How does it happen?


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