As long as you keep us posted on changes, be they intended or implemented, I
(and probably most others) won't have any problems whatsoever. My business
is to help make the encyclopedia better through the knowledge I have;
knowing what changes are going to be made helps me in my task.
PS -- Don't you just love the media? LOL I've seen them do this a few times
From: wikien-l-bounces(a)Wikipedia.org [mailto:wikien-l-bounces@Wikipedia.org]
On Behalf Of Jimmy Wales
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 7:54 AM
To: English Wikipedia
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Anons banned from creating articles
Martin Osterman wrote:
Now, I don't profess to know why we were the last
to find out... that
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.
as if anything needs my endorsing since I'm just
one editor among
Let me put it this way: the news report which "announced" the change
would happen on Monday appeared on the web before I even knew that the
change would be possible on Monday.
Reporters were asking me how the site works, leading to discussions of
various small tweaks that might help make new pages patrolling easier,
and I was asked when we might see some changes. I said something like
"probably by Monday". The reporter took this to mean that this
_particular_ change would be implemented on _Monday_, and ran it as an
It turned out, in a completely unrelated sequence of events, I had asked
how hard such a change would be to implement technically and he reported
back to me on Monday morning that it was ready.
I think we will be making a lot more changes, doing a lot more
experiments, and that we should do them on an experimental basis (try
it, see what happens, go back if it doesn't work, etc.) rather than try
to guess everything from an "a priori" basis.
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