On 9/24/07, louis bodo <louis_bodo(a)yahoo.fr> wrote:
Quality means reliability.
Somebody earlier compared the WP quality with that of a commercial article,
such as a motor car. Because WP supplies INFORMATION the two are quite
different. Here, though interesting, spelling mistake free, grammatically
correct writing is important, I believe that RELIABILITY is the most
important aspect, which means: most up to date correct statements without
bias, without advertising, without spam, and of course without vandalised
I agree completely. Business "quality" initiatives (six sigma, etc.)
don't really apply as there's not a set of procedures that one can
improve for actually writing an article. Trying to nail down an
actual procedure for creating a "quality" article is antithetical to
the wiki process.
My only worry is, that not just checking, but
inordinately long articles which, in number now exceed two millions in
enwiki, and growing, and all this on a shoestring will be a daunting task.
I think what people are getting stuck on was the phrase "limited
subset of users" who would be able to tag articles. In deeper
discussions, it's been said that the "bar" for entry into this subset
of users is to be set quite low, so that most regular editors would
have the ability to tag article revisions. I would think that most
recent changes patrollers would have already met the qualifications.
Also, if an article which has a tagged revision is then improved by a
new or anonymous editor, if nobody happens to see that improvement on
recent changes to validate the edit, it's not such a big deal. It will
eventually be vandalized or improved again soon enough, and at that
point it would come up for another review on the recent changes list.
A few days without the most recent improvements being shown is not
such a big deal to most articles -- especially since articles where it
*might* be a big deal are already more heavily watched (current
events, BLPs, etc.), and I'm also sure that a sub-culture of "tagged
articles" patrolling will also arise, with volunteers clearing out the
oldest backlog of articles with both a tagged revision and pending