[Foundation-l] Cross-wiki articles

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Sat May 2 20:41:44 UTC 2009

On a practical note, we have sufficient difficulty in getting
consensus on policies in individual  encyclopedias!

David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Ting Chen <wing.philopp at gmx.de> wrote:
> Amir Elisha Aharoni wrote:
>> On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 21:09, Yoni Weiden <yonidebest at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The question is - shouldn't there be one set of standards for all
>>> Wikipedias?
>> I do think that there should be one set of standards for all
>> languages. But it may be hard to enforce it on an existing community.
> No, because we are not able to reach a concensus across all the language
> communities. Thus each project community should reach their own
> concensus. Personally I find this diversity also a very good thing
> because one can always get ideas from other projects, good ones to
> follow, bad ones to avoid or to change.
>> WMF can try and enforce copyright policy or maybe Biographies of
>> Living People policy, because these issues may have severe legal
>> implications, but it is next to impossible to enforce Notability or
>> Verifiability policies.
> correct. And in the example BLP the resolution of the board is
> purposefully so soft. It only urges the communities to notice the
> problem and to take care about it, it didn't say what each individual
> community must do, in respect of the autonomy of the projects.
>> Few he-wikipedians care about it, but he.wikipedia did quite well for
>> several years without a clear written policy on any of the following:
>> Living People, Notability, Original Research and Verifiability. All
>> decisions on these matters are made ad hoc. To our friends from
>> en.wikipedia it must seem surreal :)
> No, this is the ideal state. Actually I don't like written rules. Rules
> are dead things and often they don't really fit to the actual situation.
> If one can discuss every case and reach a concensus without a fix rule
> this is for me the best case. But this only works in a relatively small
> community and doesn't fit a very big and diverse community.
> --
> Ting
> Ting's Blog: http://wingphilopp.blogspot.com/
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