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Citizendium was founded in 2006. While the project's first few years were successful, adding 3,000 articles in its first year, the rate of new articles being created slowed with time. Once Larry Sanger left the project, it quickly declined, with a 2016 election having "attracted nine votes" and by late 2017 "an average of 5 edits made per day."
Citizendium has a set of ten policies that are used to operate the website. These could be seen as a list of "ten commandments" for those who use the site. Citizendium's core principles, like "contributors shall participate publicly under their real, verified names" and "there shall be special recognition for subject experts" are included on the policy page.
According to RationalWiki,
|“||In November 2010 an accidentally-revealed forum thread detailed the dire financial straits in which Sanger had left Citizendium. Sanger had told the Citizens in vague terms that more funding was needed but they were blindsided by the immediacy of the financial crisis. Available funds were down to $1800, they were shelling out $700 a month in hosting charges to Steadfast, and within a few weeks they had a payment of $1500 owed to the Tides Center, their parent organization. According to their new Managing Editor they faced the prospect of insolvency by the end of the year.||”|
RationalWiki also operates a "What is going on at Citizendium?" column as a joke about the site's activity and contributors.