[Foundation-l] Is popularity a good thing for us?

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 01:25:01 UTC 2007

> It's an excellent point. I thought about it a few months ago and
> considered proposing a new policy banning anything under a week old
> from being included in Wikipedia articles (actually, it was a little
> more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it). It would help
> Wikinews, and would also reduce the number of articles which are a
> succession of "As June 2006 ..." paragraphs. Current events are not
> encyclopaedic and it's impossible to write a good encyclopaedia
> article as soon as something happens, since all the required sources
> haven't been written yet (you have a handful of newspaper articles
> which you can simply rewrite and that's it). I ended up not proposing
> it because I didn't think I was enthusiastic enough about it to
> survive the torture of trying to get it approved. Anyone think it's
> worth a shot?

PS I forgot one other key benefit: it helps with notability issues.
It's very difficult to judge if a story is notable straight away - if
anyone cares enough a week later to write an article, then there's a
good chance it is.

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