[Foundation-l] A day to celebrate, Wikipedia on the cover of the Stern magazine, in a comparison with Brockhaus (and guess who "won"...)

Michiel Sikma michiel at thingmajig.org
Sat Dec 8 16:50:00 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-12-08 at 12:09 +0100, Andre Engels wrote:
> 2007/12/5, geni <geniice at gmail.com>:
> > Which tends to be getting worse. Partly because unless a writer is
> > exceptionally good readability will tend to an extent conflict with
> > correctness.
> I think there are other reasons as well:
> * Corroborative editing, like we do on Wikipedia, works well to
> collect various aspects of a subject, but it also means that any
> structure in an article as a whole will degenerate over time, which
> strongly decreases readability

I agree with this. But thankfully, there are also re-writers that can
help out here. More people should join the League of Copyeditors
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_League_of_Copyeditors ).

Watchlists are also important. I'm constantly watching articles that
I've edited or otherwise know, just to check whether another person's
minor edits fit in the article's tone and style.

Other than that, I can't see an easy solution to this problem.

Michiel Sikma <michiel at thingmajig.org>

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