On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM, Keegan Peterzell <keegan.wiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
My jaw just dropped. While I know these are ideas
intended to help increase
the socialization, this is turning Wikipedia into youtube. The day that
happens I'm resigning all my permissions and packing my bags. Softening
notability? Fantasy articles? Games? Live comments? No thanks.
While I would like to see good articles about every episode of
whatever on Wikipedia, this was not the point.
The point is to make "personal space" on Wikimedia projects. Adding
features to the profile (now: Special:Preferences) will increase
number of those who are willing to stay on project.
I don't think the idea of encouraging women to
participate needs these
things. I have a fierce dislike for what I consider to be the mind-numbing
distraction that social networking sites provide. I'd rather use Wikimedia
projects to stimulate my mind, not kill time.
You should be able to turn off those features.