So here’s an idea…

A rational/skeptic sidewiki project?


I recently discovered Sidewiki, an offering from Google which allows you to read and write wiki-like contributions that can be made to pretty much any webpage out there. It works by adding a toolbar to Internet explorer or Firefox.

Everytime you visit a webpage with a sidewiki entry a little blue “»” appears on the left hand side of your browser and you can drag it out and and read what people have written, or contribute your own entry to a webpage.

Such as this:

From XtalDave

Now – if every skeptic was to take a couple of minutes to very simply address every quack claim on the internet, maybe with a nice link to a relevant peer reviewed pubication, or at least a blog post with references within, we’d have a nice record of objections to particular claims, so when others come accross a link to them in the future, the effort to determine potential flaws in a webpage/study would be reduced.

*SIMPLES*

Let me know what you think about this (comments below) – if people are generally supportive, some sort of web hub to organise efforts might be useful.

 

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2 Responses to So here’s an idea…

  1. DrunkenMadman says:

    We’ve been on this for a few weeks. It’s pretty useful, though I’m not sure what the audience penetration is…http://www.google.com/sidewiki/entry/107959479110734224716/id/vb_AhLjlXNku4rsD8mWpiHT4Wmo

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