Not much activity here at the Within Normal Limits of Reason blog lately. Looking over the traffic to this blog, I found that my short post on "post-hoc analysis" was getting a lot of referrals from the major search engines. I decided to port that into Wikipedia. Then, seeing the lack of entries on specific topics in medical research, I started to contribute to other articles... and now I'm hooked! I'm adding bits and pieces on entries related to medical research like randomized clinical trials and EBM, and initiating a couple of entries like post-randomized consent and interim analysis--mostly works in progress.
The quality of the Wikipedia entries are generally pretty good, and given the editorial oversight and the informal peer review by the entire English-reading internet there really isn't as much misinformation as one might fear. There is some link-spamming but that is generally obvious and unobtrusive. As Wired magazine put it, Wiki has really harnessed the power of crowdsourcing and proved it can work.
Medicine / Statistics