CZ:Managing Editor Announcements

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NB: Until the CZ Forums become operational on the wiki, the Managing Editor will post announcements here. Please use the Talk page for feedback, questions, etc.

Citizendium Election 2016

Regarding Citizendium Election 2016:

Citizendium Election 2016 will use ballotbin in order to speed up counting and providing for anonymous voting. Voters will register by e-mail via the wiki to an account to ensure that only CZ account holders can vote. Citizens will then be sent a link by an Election Committee member that allows them to vote and view provisional results as soon as the ballot closes. Official results would still have to be ratified by the Managing Editor or Council and published.

The timetable for the election is as follow:

Begin accepting nominations and referenda at 00:01 UTC on Sunday, May 15th 2016;

Begin registration of voters on Ballotbin from Sunday, May 15th, 2016;

Close the period for nominations and referendum proposals at midnight UTC on Saturday, May 28th 2016;

Nominations and election statements are accepted, and referendum proposals may be supported or amended, until the Council or Managing Editor authorises the ballot (up to June 4th, 2016);

Have the ballot prepared and begin accepting ballots from eligible voters from 00:01 UTC on Sunday, June 5th 2016;

Close voter registration period at midnight UTC on Friday, June 10th 2016;

Stop accepting ballots at midnight UTC on Saturday, June 11th 2016 (provisional results available immediately);

Ratify and officially publish the results by midnight UTC on Monday, June 20th 2016

Regarding donations

As you can see from the Treasurer's_report, monthly donations are just keeping up with our monthly hosting costs (~$100 per month), and the reserve of about $925 is remaining nearly constant. With the help of a few more contributors, we might be able to afford another server to increase the speed of our edits and page changes. Four or five additional contributions per month might enable us to go to a two-server configuration and a faster website. Can we make that happen? Anthony.Sebastian (talk) 21:40, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

Progress report on server migration

NOTICE: Citizendium is still being set up on its newer server, treat it as a beta for now; please see [1] for more.


  • Darren Duncan is hereby officially appointed to the Technical Staff for a renewable two-year term;
  • Volunteer Francisco Reyes, welcomed by Greg and Darren, is hereby appointed to the Technical Staff for a renewable two-year term, with the Technical Lead authorised to assign him MediaWiki sysop rights if necessary.

Anthony.Sebastian (talk) 20:49, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Real Names for Citizendium Users

We still-active veterans of Citizendium’s launch lost something precious: time. Time to devote to family and livelihood work. Yet we did it to join a project we felt had an important mission, one in line with our own sense of purpose. And we joined using our real names, partly a requirement, partly because we had no hesitation in doing so, as Citizendium was a scholarly project, and scholars have no need for anonymity or pseudonymity when sharing their knowledge. In the early years after Citizendium’s launch, swarms of individuals joined the project agreeing to use their real names.

So it saddens me somewhat that I feel I must allocate time and effort to respond again to the issue of Citizendium's requirement that all who request to join the project must do so using their real names, which Citizendium will verify.

I call your attention to a draft proposal, by Christine Bush, to allow Citizendium to create accounts for individuals using a pseudonym rather than their real name: Why Citizendium Needs to Modify Its Real Names Policy. Christine claims that Citizendium’s real names requirement restricts enrollment, suggesting that many people want to share their knowledge but do not want to be identified as to who they are. Moreover she contends that pseudonymity is an alternative to anonymity and all that anonymity brings with it.

The requirement for registering using your real name did not restrict enrollment during the Citizendium first two years of operation, when swarms of new users appeared. So nothing intrinsic to Citizendium’s real name requirement restricts enrollment. We continue to enroll 3-4 new users with verifiable real names each month (34 new users between January first and September 30, 2014). Just because enrollment is low does not with certainty result from the requirement for real names.

Pseudonymity cannot be defended as an alternative to anonymity for Citizendium, unless the applicant also gave us their real name, which would defeat the purpose of the pseudonym. Even if we could verify the real name of the person using a pseudonym, the question would arise, who would be privy to that knowledge? Could the enrollee ever have confidence that his or her real name would not be leaked?

Why would anybody want to use a pseudonym anyway, in a scholarly project like Citizendium? If I had a law practice and wanted to blog about politics but not want to reveal my identity for fear of losing clients, I might want to blog under a pseudonym. But Citizendium is not a blogging service. Nor is Citizendium a social network, where the use of pseudonyms might be appropriate in certain circumstances.

There is no need for the chaos anonymity or pseudonymity would bring Citizendium. The Citizendium’s real name requirement is part of the core of Citizendium’s creation.

I quote from our founding Editor-in-Chief, Larry Sanger, written in 2006, when the Citizendium started its pilot program:
Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge (longer version)
September 15, 2006
Obviously, you want to know how the Citizendium editorial system will differ from Wikipedia's system. There will be three main areas of dissimilarity. First, the project will invite experts to serve as editors, who will be able to make content decisions in their areas of specialization, but otherwise working shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary authors. Second, the project will require that contributors be logged in under their own real names, and work according to a community charter. Third, the project will halt and actually reverse some of the "feature creep" that has developed in Wikipedia.
Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge (shorter version)
September 15, 2006
There will be no logged-out editing and no anonymous editing. Anyone may participate, but all must be logged in under their own real names (we will use the honor principle to begin with), and with a working e-mail address. Where Wikipedia shares the culture of anonymity found in the broader Internet, the Citizendium will have a culture of real-world, personal responsibility.

Let’s stay real in solving our recruitment problem. -Anthony.Sebastian 21:24, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

CZ Council passes motion to replace the existing Forums with a wiki-based Forum [20-Sep-2014]

The Citizendium Council has passed a motion to replace the existing Forums with a wiki-based Forums. The text of the motion can be found at:

I repeat the text below for your convenience:

  • The Citizendium Council moves to authorize Constable John Stephenson to develop on the main wiki forum boards to replace those of the current non-wiki Citizendium forums. The old archives of the existing forums should be kept as a read-only archive until an alternative is found.
  • The Council directs John to comply with the existing rules regarding the structure of the forums as delineated by the ruling of the previous Management Council.
  • Also the Council directs John to mimic the current non-wiki Citizendium forums as closely as possible. Notices should be placed at the top of Council boards to prohibit non-members posting, on pain of Constabulary sanction. (Two strikes = ban)
  • Regarding the issue of providing for input from non-users, Council requests John to set up a venue for that using Google Groups.
  • The Council also moves that the Constabulary monitor the new forums on the wiki for abuses that they currently monitor on the main wiki.
  • The Council directs the technical staff to create a Space on the wiki for the forum so no forum functionality will be lost (advisory by John Stephenson).
  • When John has completed the development of the forums on the wiki, the Citizendium Council will evaluate and approve or make suggestions for improvement.

Because only a small fraction of active users utilize the existing forums, the Council hopes that more users will avail themselves if the forums are available on the main wiki.

Citizendium 2016 Election Committee

John Stephenson and Russell D. Jones have volunteered to constitute an Election Committee, with John as Chair and Russell as Associate Chair, and they are hereby so appointed. Anthony.Sebastian (talk) 23:23, 27 April 2016 (UTC)