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Welcome to the planning page
for the


As future members of Citizendium, please feel free to make this into an excellent project planning resource. If you wish to contribute to this wiki, in the spirit of the Citizendium, please sign up using your own real name as your username.

This wiki is for any documents about the Citizendium project that you would like others to collaborate on. Here: arguments from the discussion forums and mailing lists are summarised; ideas are documented; and technical designs are advanced. It's a useful resource for those who have little time to spare. Please contribute, and add any pages created to Category:Citizendium.

  • For relaxed, conversational debate - head to the Citizendium forums at [1].
  • For reasoned argument and in-depth collaboration - please use the Citizendium mailing lists at]

We will move these planning pages to a specially set-up "meta" wiki when one is created.


I'm busy editing this page, trying to clean it up. --Peter Hitchmough 13:47, 6 October 2006 (PDT)

Project news

05 October 2006 - Pilot Project

Larry Sanger has announced on the Citizendium-L mailing list that a pilot project was to start development straight away.

26 September 2006 - Communications

Citizendium mailing lists

The Citizendium mailing lists are active. Maturing topics are being refactored onto the Project Pages listed below. Please help. Posting is moderated and limited per day.

The mailing lists are a place to focus on quality over quantity; somewhere to put minds together and carefully and at length come to well-reasoned, deeply-reasoned recommendations for the project.

See Working rules for the Mailing lists.

Discussion forums

Citizendium discussion forums are now live at

This is the place for chat and informal exchanges for the project. The forums are moderated.

Project pages

The Project Pages are public discussion pages. They contain refactored and summarised discussions.

These are places for digests of arguments made and information gathered. A working document may be constructed at the top of each project page.

22 September 2006

As of Friday, 22 September 2006, 06:17 GMT, a search on Google, using the term "Citizendium", returned over one million hits. Library staff around the world, whose job it is to monitor blogs to do with new forms of information dissemination and information technology, have already noticed a huge upsurge in interest in this project, as well as links to this wiki.--Phil Wardle 11:33, 22 September 2006 (PDT)

See Project Discussions - What's Going On for how discussions hang together.

Projected Milestones

These milestones should be only the most significant "watershed" developments in the project.

  • Launch website (Sept. 15)
  • Make initial announcement (Sept. 15)
  • Launch mailing lists (Sept. 20)
  • Launch forums and re-launch mailing lists (Sept. 26)
  • Find wiki host/co-lo
  • Do press release
  • Launch wiki privately (pilot project)
  • Launch wiki publicly
  • Hold first face-to-face meeting
  • Adopt charter

Project Pages

Pilot project




Basic Mechanics

Technical Specifications

Suggestion Box

  • Has anybody subscribed the lists to Gmane yet? Jon Awbrey 07:26, 21 September 2006 (PDT)
    • Not that I know of. I guess that's up to moderators or Larry Sanger.--ZachPruckowski 07:31, 21 September 2006 (PDT)

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