[Foundation-l] Another look a bot creation of articles

Ting Chen Wing.Philopp at gmx.de
Thu Jul 24 13:21:03 UTC 2008

> I couldn't agree more. My major complaint to mass creation of articles by
> bots is the simple problem of maintainability.

I personnally don't think that most of articles need to be intensively maintained. Vandals tend to attack articles that are already hot, and these articles are watched carefully already. Vandals the other sort, who launch mass attack indiscriminally are also relatively easy to be detected and handled.

I believe most of the say bot created gene oder molecule articles would simply stay there, much of them would probably no more be touched. They don't need maintainance.

But if they have content and information, I feel comfortable if they are there. It often happens that I read about something in a magazine like Scientific American, I would look in Wikipedia after that something to get more information, and often I would then follow the links there to read more.

> Assuming the English Wikipedia has (more or less) a few thousand
> dedicated contributors (let's say 3500), that approximates to about
> 705 articles per person. Now, balloon that number up to 4 million
> articles, and you now have 1142 articles per person.

If we reverse this logic, we must put up a policy, that if our dedicated contributors doesn't increase, we must at some point stopp allow people create new articles, because we cannot monitor them all. Personnally I dislike the ideal that my job on Wikipedia is to monitor articles.

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