3. Re: [Wikimedia-GH] complete deletion of Dr. Thomas Mensah's
name from wikimedia (TheAfricanDream Oral.Ofori)
I had a look to day at the template "Template:Copyviocore" (which presently
fills the Mensah-page) and left the following on its talk page:
Horrible template, complicated and deterring
After a discussion on the African-Wikimedians mailing list I have a first look at this
template. It looks outright horrible, terribly complicated. Myself being wikipedian for
many years I have problems understanding what to do after seeing it.
People who write copy-paste entries and disregard copyrights need guidance. They are not
hard-core criminals. They probably often are stubborn and will not take a first advice
(guess that is how it was in the Thomas Mensah entry). So blanking the whole or parts is
probably a good way of shocking them into rethinking.
The obvious advice is to rewrite the concerned article. This is hidden somewhere in the
template but after reading it twice I am not sure what to do then. Of course you guys are
terribly bright but I guess much of wikipedia is written by dumb guys like me. This
template takes much of space and complicated advice how to handle a procedure but not how
to guide interested people to change the thing.
So please dumb this lousy thing down that it looks less lawyerlike. If everybody is
whining how the number of editors declines on wikipedia - well here is a pretty good
example to explain the reasons.
NB: Else I find that everybody enjoying and using gibberish expressions like
"copyvio" deserves a firing squad. Cheers from the African bush! Kipala (talk)
07:19, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
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