On Sat, 2 Oct 2004, Michael Snow wrote:
> On this one, I agree with Elian. I doubt that a press release of this
> nature would have much impact because we haven't done anything worth
I believe Elian was saying that it *is* going to be announced this week,
but as part of another major german press release, rather than on its own.
On Sat, 2 Oct 2004 21:03:53 -0700, Jimmy (Jimbo) Wales <jwales(a)wikia.com> wrote:
I agree with Elian too. I've been using these
results in a low-key
way when I talk to the press, but usually I down play it. When the
question of quality comes up, I prefer to stress that we know we
aren't perfect, and that we have a long way to go, but that we are
proud of what we have already accomplished.
The idea is that we should continue to portray ourselves as "a project
to create..." rather than as a finished product. Because, frankly, we
do have a long way to go in many ways.
I agree with all of this, and hope that Wikipedia a hundred years from now
will still see itself not as anything like a finished product, but instead as
the imperfect start of something even greater.
Putting out a press release crowing about this test
just invites more
hostile reviews to conduct the same type of test, but with an eye
toward showing how broken we are in many ways.
Would this not be an improvement on the kinds of hostile tests critics
carry out now? Some organizations pay good money for testers whose
sole job is to constructively show how broken their products are.
That said, it should be possible to mention these results without
crowing, yet without waiting for a yet-unfinalized review system to
review a thousand articles. Perhaps in a press release announcing
a new project like the Commons, or a recent invitation to participate
in / speak at an important conference.