On 03/29/2011 01:11 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
Let's say that there is Wikipedia in X language
with just one editor.
That editor is expert in, let's say, medieval history and has passion
toward chess. That person would spend years in: (1) writing basic
articles -- although he is not astronomer, he knows that it is
important to have articles like "Sun", "Earth", "Jupiter"
writing articles in medieval history; (3) writing articles about
chess; (4) and, finally, writing articles about surrounding areas of
medieval history and chess (let's say, ancient history and go).
If that person didn't stop because of lack of time or lack of
satisfaction, it is reasonably to expect that he will at some point
come to the situation where all articles are written according to his
level of knowledge. (That's the ideal situation, but it also assumes
I don't fully agree, because this person could continue editing in this way:
1. Read a book / watch a film
2. Write an article about it
Or in this way:
1. Buy a specialist encyclopedia or a biographical dictionary
2. Write anew a biography of every person featured in it
The problem isn't that all the articles will be written according to his
level of knowledge, but possibly that:
1. All the articles that he was interested in and are at his level of
knowledge he already wrote.
2. All the unwritten articles that he is interested in writing are above
his level of knowledge.
3. All the unwritten articles that are below his level of knowledge he
does not find interesting to write.