[Foundation-l] A dangerous precedent

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sat Dec 29 11:12:30 UTC 2007

Daniel Arnold wrote:
> Am Samstag, 29. Dezember 2007 09:40:46 schrieb Nikola Smolenski:
>> With it, it is possible to effectively have articles about various topics
>> similar to bot-generated articles without them actually being in the
>> database. It is possible to kickstart a small Wikipedia by translating a
>> handful of templates. And, it is possible to further expand the articles,
>> as it is with bot generated articles.
> I like people "just do things" but please do not "kickstart" small Wikipedias 
> with template translation. It is that: A painfull kick in the ... of the 
> people.
> I simply don't want to sit in the same boat with people that think a bot 
> generated article is useful. I don't want to sit in the same boat with 
> projects that don't have the patience to grow sustainable.
> If further small Wikipedias are starting to cheat like vo.wp I can guarantee 
> you that there will be a split of Wikipedias.
I would disagree with rejecting all bot generated articles, within 
pre-defined circumstances they can be very useful.  There were a lot of 
complaints when RamBot was putting up his small town articles, but they 
all managed to survive because there is a big enough community to review 
the material.

With a small community, a single tech savvy person using a bot can too 
easily overwhelm the operational capacity of that community


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