On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Ting Chen <wing.philopp(a)gmx.de> wrote:
Amir Elisha Aharoni wrote:
> On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 21:09, Yoni Weiden <yonidebest(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> The question is - shouldn't there be one set of standards for all
Perhaps for issues so important that they demand standardization. We
roughly try to do this for truly core policies, legal updates, &c.
Are TV-program-episode notability guidelines are one of those highly
important standards? I'm not so sure.
I do think
that there should be one set of standards for all
languages. But it may be hard to enforce it on an existing community.
No, because we are not able to reach a concensus across all the language
communities. Thus each project community should reach their own
concensus. Personally I find this diversity also a very good thing
because one can always get ideas from other projects, good ones to
follow, bad ones to avoid or to change.
Yes. I do think that over a longer period of time good policies for
which there is some benefit to standardization can become standard for
the larger global community. We should probably have a more definite
process for this. So far it hasn't been a critical issue (though
freeness of images has made as good an argument as any discussion I've
seen so far).
> implications, but it is next to impossible to
enforce Notability or
> Verifiability policies.
Again, this is also true within one project. It is only 1-2
magnitudes harder across projects, not necessarily different in
quality. [this process would be easier if the cross-wiki policy
pageson meta were clearer and easier to add to, it is true. I copy
the underused wikimediameta list for the sake of propriety...]
he-wikipedians care about it, but he.wikipedia did quite well for
several years without a clear written policy on any of the following:
Living People, Notability, Original Research and Verifiability. All
decisions on these matters are made ad hoc. To our friends from
en.wikipedia it must seem surreal :)
No, this is the ideal state. Actually I don't like written rules. Rules
are dead things and often they don't really fit to the actual situation.
If one can discuss every case and reach a concensus without a fix rule
this is for me the best case. But this only works in a relatively small
community and doesn't fit a very big and diverse community.
+1 (this is true whether the unwritten rules are 'across many wikis'
or just 'for your one wiki'... or just understood among editors in a
given subject area.)