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Chris Anderson

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Should anyone be able to upload their TEDTalk to TED.com?

YES: because there are thousands of invisible geniuses out there. Let's bring their wisdom to the world! The TED crowd will quickly vote up the good ones.

NO: it will plunge the site into an ocean of mediocrity. The best thing about TED.com is that it's curated. Every talk is good. Don't turn it into youtube

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    Feb 15 2011: Chris, only TEDxTalks that are endorsed by a sufficient number of TED members should be featured on TED.com, to preserve a quality that would be lost if the platform is open.

    YouTube already functions, to some degree, as a first stage filtering device, but who has the time to go digging in for hidden gems?

    Why not select someone on your team to extract from YouTube, each week, the most popular 10-15 videos, include them in a candidates list, make them available to TED members, for voting, via a dedicated section of TED.com that is only open to registered users. Allow us to vote up and down, and feature the highest placed video. Each week, drop the lowest ranked half of the candidates list and replace it with fresh blood from the YouTube channel.

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