[Foundation-l] Wikiversity

Amgine amgine at saewyc.net
Thu Aug 17 04:47:31 UTC 2006

On 16-Aug-06, at 12:00 PM, Cormac Lawler wrote:

> So, if there's a conclusion to this mail, it would be: I'm not arguing
> for a simple dismissal about all we know and have learned about NPOV.
> I'm simply saying that it will not _always_ be a useful policy to
> impose throughout the process of learning. I'm yearning for a better
> concept - or perhaps we simply have to invest NPOV with new meaning in
> order to tailor it to Wikiversity's particular identity.

As you're aware, I'm extremely bothered by this approach to defining  
Wikiversity. It seems to me to say "let's not put any strictures on  
Wikiversity, no requirements or expectations, but let it grow  
organically." This sound nifty in theory, but results in nothing  
because there are no expectations, no hurdles, nothing to accomplish.  
You can't even measure if it has accomplished this nothingness.

Wikversity should have goals. They should be measurable. The project  
needs to meet the minimum standards of the Wikimedia Foundation;  
fundamental in this is a commitment to avoiding support of any one  
POV, to be verifiable (where this is an option) and to be free.

Throwing crap at a wall until some of it sticks means you deal with a  
lot of crap. Let's be a bit more discerning than that, please.

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