I think it`s a great idea! I already see people using Wikipedia to
build biographies of people who probably don`t need to be in an
encyclopedia. But what if you used Wiki software to create "The World
Biography Site," or something along those lines?
In other words, don`t market this as an "obituary" site, or "death"
site. :-D Market it as a Life site---a biography or autobiography site.
"Leave your mark in history" kind of thing.
The next problem would be the business model, relative to making money.
You could put up a biography and have it run for maybe 90 days. Then,
you could send an email to the author(s) and say that if they want
their biography "archived" forever, there`d be a 1-time fee of
something like $19.95.
Of course you`d have to somehow guarantee that the site would stay up and functional for a very long time, y`know?
The Major advantage to this type of thing is that everyone is always
trying to do background research on people. They need info for other
articles, or a quick reference for newspaper stories, magazine
articles, and so on. You would offer a consolidated location so that
anyone elsewhere could do something like:
"John Lewis said that his primary inspiration in developing the new Frangipan was David Calhoun, a friend and mentor from his youth."
They could then do a fast look-up to see if David Calhoun was bio`d in your reference site, and put in a link.
Very cool idea!