How seriously do you take Knol as a rival?
Jimmy Wales: I don't think Knol is a competitor at all. Knol is nothing like Wikipedia and doesn't have the potential to become anything like Wikipedia.
The very design of the site is really more of a blogging platform. They say very explicitly that they want people to post their own opinions and have more of a quirky commentary style. They have no editorial structure the way that we do to push for quality.
In an interview with DW-WORLD
Published on 05.02.2009
I am sure many active knollers disagree with Jimmy Wales.
Many professors and faculty members are joining knol and I do not think Jimmy Wales or any other person has any reason to declare them as persons not competent to develop articles in their area of specialisation.