Oskar Sigvardsson wrote:
Look, you say that it can't be seen as an
experiment because there
arn't any start and end dates, and so forth, but does not mean it
isn't an experience. You are right, it very well MAY be a permanent
policy change if it works out fine... if it doesn't (many people
complain, it doesn't really reduce bad entries, wikipedia growth is
severely stuntet, etc) we will just change it back. We could sit
around and discuss if this is a good idea forever, but the only way we
will ever know for sure is to actually try it out.
Exactly. Far too often we have endless a priori debates about certain
things, debates which lead nowhere because we have no evidence. A
better approach is to be flexible and try things and see what happens,
and proceed thoughtfully based on lessons learned.