[Foundation-l] A dangerous precedent

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 13:06:43 UTC 2007

When one man makes a difference for something that is squarely within the
goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, we should celebrate the man. When you
want to improve methodologies, you want to improve methodologies never mind
what project or what person(s).

There are bot generated articles that are stupid, there are bot generated
that provide relevant information. This is what we should discuss. Attacking
people for creating Free / Open Content is in my opinion one of the most
counter productive things we can do.


On Dec 29, 2007 1:22 PM, Matthew Britton <matthew.britton at btinternet.com>

> Milos Rancic wrote:
> > - There are a lot of other projects which was and are adding articles
> > by bots. The reason why the target is Volapuk Wikipedia instead of
> > English, Italian, Polish, Dutch, even Chinese, Serbian, Napolitan...
> > -- I may only guess. The most possible reason is that contributors of
> > Volapuk Wikipedia has some personal problems with particular
> > contributors of German Wikipedia.
> First, you seem to be assuming that all short stubs of the form "foo is
> a bar in baz" are "bot-generated". This is not true; I have written
> several such articles myself. There are contributors who have written
> thousands of such articles.
> Second, stop throwing around nonsense about "personal problems". The
> difference is clear: Volapuk is a language with no native speakers and
> the wiki is 99.99% bot-generated *by a single person*, the other
> languages you list have millions of native speakers and the overwhelming
> majority of the content was added by hand, by thousands if not millions
> of contributors. Can you really not see the difference, and that it is
> not the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation to host people's personal
> projects for them?
> -Gurch
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