Openserving is about to be released by the Wikipedia developers. It’s a free open-source hosting service that offers web-space for “collaborative blogging” and more.
What’s different about it? Well, for starters, all articles are “sorted democratically”. In practice this means that each article put up by site-owners or reader-contributors can be voted on. Articles with the highest votes are automatically moved to the front page of the site.
Another left-field innovation is that site owners get to keep 100% of the revenue generated by ads placed on the site. Feeds from other sources can also be added and edited by the site owner.
This all sounds too altruistic to be true. The people at Wikia Inc. who are making all of this possible have set themselves up for some failry major costs, you’d have to think. And philanthropy has its limits – even when you’re at the major-shareholder-in-Microsoft level.
At the moment I’m willing to keep an open mind on this, at least until it’s actually online. Wikia is taking registrations at this point, so if it sounds interesting, have a look at http://www.openserving.com/