On 10/31/02 1:10 PM, "mattheww+wikipedia(a)chiark.greenend.org.uk"
On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 09:34:01AM -0500, Poor, Edmund
What I want, when I request an article to be
transmitted from the PediaWiki
database to my computer screen, is an article created, last-edited, or
certified by my choice of:
* a user with sysop or above authority (41 sysops, 3 developers, 1 owner = 45
people, i.e., the "cabal")
* a signed-in user who is on my "trusted" list
* show a flag (possibly optional) indicating the
existence of a later,
* set the default for editing to "edit the latest version"
* provide an option to "edit the version currently displayed"
If you allow significant changes to be hidden from you, you will have
to get used to pages changing wildly when you press the 'edit the
latest version' button -- often so wildly that the change you intended
to make no longer makes sense. Or if you use the 'edit the version
currently displayed' button, other people will have to get used to
their changes being randomly reverted without explanation.
I think this adds up to a fundamentally way of creating an
encyclopedia. If you want to try it, I think it would be more polite to
set up your own server and make a proper fork.
I don't think the rest of us should have to cope with the damage that
this would cause.
These were my sentiments. I'd be interested in seeing variants of Wikipedia
such as this, but they should be independent projects.