â€œAuthoritativeâ€ is a tricky word. Thereâ€™s a long draft article on â€œmemory of waterâ€ that (as the son of an engineer and brother of a chemist) I find deeply disturbing, and an approved article on homeopathy that, while including a few disclaimers, is slanted very much in favor of homeopathic claims. (For example, it considers the similarity of homeopathic remedies and vaccinations both using â€œlow doses of active ingredients,â€ and says â€œthe doses in homeopathic remedies are always very much lowerâ€â€”but you have to go a lot further down in the article to learn the simple fact that most homeopathic remedies â€œare virtually certain to contain not even a single molecule of the initial substance.â€ (Thatâ€™s why â€œmemory of waterâ€ is important.)
That was then–when I wrote the article in February 2009 and checked it in early March 2009.
Today, Paul Wormer, Physics and Chemistry Editor of Citizendium, sent me a polite email invigint me to look at the article again and “see if you find it less disturbing now.”
I did. It is. It’s enormously improved, and strikes me as a good discussion of an inherently-controversial topic. (Not “controversial” because “what if it works?” any more than the Dean Drive or perpetual motion machines are controversial in that sense, but controversial beause so many supposedly intelligent people believe it.)
So editorial control seems to be making a big difference at Citizendium.