[Foundation-l] [EWW] Edit Wikipedia Week

Christiano Moreschi moreschiwikiman at hotmail.co.uk
Tue Nov 20 18:17:32 UTC 2007

Absolutely. You're quite right. This is why Wikipedia doesn't work, though. At least, not really. Not in providing information anyone can trust, so the bigger bibliographies people include, the better. All we can really hope to be at the moment is a starting point for people to find lists of reliable sources. 


Odi profanum vulgus et arceo.

> Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 17:59:13 +0000
> From: shimgray at gmail.com
> To: foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] [EWW] Edit Wikipedia Week
> On 20/11/2007, Christiano Moreschi <moreschiwikiman at hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
> > Look, the plain fact is that we don't want more people adding their own
> > junk to the English Wikipedia. (...) So what's the solution?
> >
> > The solution we propose is to get more of the faex populi editing
> > Wikipedia. Oh, please - this is so bad it's almost funny.  (...)
> >
> > At a time when Wikipedia's reputation in academia is in the shitter
> > - and to most noble people of quality, this is what really hurts - we
> > invite more of the village idiots into the online city? The horror, the
> > horror!
> I hate to break this to you, but Wikipedia is a project which
> involves, on a pretty basic level, encouraging all-comers to edit.
> This is the fundamental model. This is *what we do*.
> It's not going to change, no matter how uncomfortable you get with it.
> These are basic, fundamental, issues, and they're not going to change.
> We're stuck with this model, for good or for ill, and trying to hide
> it away and not talk about it isn't an option - because then we get
> the worst of all worlds.
> -- 
> - Andrew Gray
>   andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk
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