I believe in crowd-sourcing. Not the ‘wisdom of the masses” – I don’t believe in “masses”- but the interplay of different groups each with their own biases coming together on a central location and correcting each other’s work. Except for politics, most subjects tend to settle into something acceptable enough for each broader culture.
In Wikipedia’s case, cultures are separated by languages so the spanish Wikipedia, the German and the English for example will be very different in some subjects as they each have their strengths and weaknesses and preferences but they’ll be valid enough within each domain.
So, as I’d been working on looking for the hypernyms (as it were) for various wikipedia subjects, I knew that each category would have multiple heads as it’s not a simple hierarchy but the hierarchies are more complicated than that.
Yet in all my time working with it, it didn’t dawn on me that the answer sat at the bottom of each page.
Duh. Now I can graph them.