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

Robert Rohde rarohde at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 17:42:56 UTC 2007

On Dec 17, 2007 8:53 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 17/12/2007, GerardM <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hoi,
> > This is an argument that points in two directions. If you know anything
> > about me, you know that you arguing my typical case. :) You are battling
> a
> > turf war, is it Wikinews or Wikipedia that can do news. You want to take
> > away from  Wikipedia something that Wikipedia excells in. So make them
> an
> > offer that they cannot refuse.
> Why should Wikinews have to give Wikipedia something in return for the
> news articles? We should be working together here, not competing...

At the risk of being blunt, I believe Wikipedia coverage of current events
is often intrinsically superior to Wikinews.  This is a side effect of the
fact that Wikinews "publishes" and locks articles, so Wikinews often lacks
comprehensive coverage of news events which unfold over several days.  In
the best cases there is a series of overlapping articles, but Wikipedia
provides a single, comprehensive article that I often find much more useful
in understanding current events.

Not to mention that I've seen Wikinewsies fight to protect "published"
material that contained serious material errors or lacked meaningful
objectivity.  The publish and protect process at Wikinews eliminates one of
the best aspects of the wiki in my opinion.

I have no objection to Wikinews doing what it is doing as long as it does
not interfere with other projects.  However, if it were presented as a
choice of either Wikinews covers current events OR Wikipedia covers current
events, then I would happily eliminate Wikinews entirely rather than remove
current events from Wikipedia.  So, you can take that as a very strong
statement that I am opposed to removing current events from Wikipedia (as
some in this thread suggested).  Much better that we keep doing as we are
now and try for a happy coexistence.

-Robert Rohde

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