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.
Look, this in no way (except in the very most theoretical
wiki-fundamental way) limits the openness of wikipedia, and it very
well might increase the overall quality, so why not try it for awhile?
Remember, we are here to write an encyclopedia first and foremost. We
are a grand social experment ofcourse, but not primarily (or however
that qoute went).
On 12/6/05, The Cunctator <cunctator(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 12/6/05, Martin Osterman
First of all, I don't think that Jimbo ever
expected that Wikipedia would
become this popular and widespread. The quote you use was made FOUR YEARS
ago. A lot has changed in four years' time.
I know. But human nature hasn't changed much in that time.
And both Jimbo and I expected Wikipedia would become this popular and
Now, I don't profess to know why we were the
last to find out... that could
be for any number of reasons. However, I think that this experiment is
going to yield interesting results, and for that reason I endorse it. (Not
as if anything needs my endorsing since I'm just one editor among hundreds)
What annoys me particularly is pretending that this is an experiment.
It's not. It's a permanent policy change.
Who's willing to bet that I'm wrong?
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