Magnus Manske wrote:
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By marking a version of an article as stable, and
version to normal visitors, we are breaking down the coupling between
the number of readers and the number of editors.
No. This *might* happen only if the stable version becomes the default
Yes, this is part of the hypothetical conditions quoted above.
The whole point
wiki, and the key behind Wikipedia's incredible growth, is that every
reader is an editor, and in light of that it isn't a good idea to
create seperate views of an article for readers and editors. Any
reader reading the stable version instead of the current version will
be one less potential editor to improve the current version.
I don't know if you've seen my test page, but just below the title,
there's a line "This is the stable version. The current working version
That doesn't really change much if the stable version is the default.
Who's going to bother checking out the current working version that
isn't already a routine Wikipedia contributor? It's hard enough getting
a lot of visitors to click on the "edit" link when they _do_ see a
problem in need of fixing, if they have to also click on a link in order
to see the problem in the first place then I don't see how the situation
is likely to improve.
No. Throw a switch in your user settings, and the
haunting will go away ;-)
(Note that this is not implemented yet in my version; neither is showing
the stable version by default.)
That's how we should start the experiment, IMO. Change as little as
possible with each new step.
We already *have* created an encyclopedia. Now our
focus has to shift
towards /being/ an encyclopedia. Our ways have to change accordingly.
I still disagree with this. We've created an encyclopedia once I can go
out and buy a copy for my shelves (either on DVD or paper-bound,
whichever). Wikipedia as it exists today is still very much a work in
progress despite having a number of quite nice articles. And I think it
should always _be_ a work in progress. There are plenty of other sites
that display Wikipedia's content, but only one site that _creates_
Wikipedia's content. Don't do anything that hinders that function.