[Foundation-l] Fwd: Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 4 01:54:19 UTC 2010

> >We were talking
> > about very aggressive editors who know absolutely
> nothing of the subject,
> > and drive away specialist editors.
> >
> I see an equal proportion of very aggressive editors among
> the expert
> as well as the non-expert editors.  Expertise does not
> necessarily
> mean a devotion to expressing all significant views and
> presenting
> them fairly. I have been involved a little with
> some   articles in
> Wikipedia written by fully-credentialed experts --in one
> case with an
> international reputation and distinguished academic
> awards-- devoted
> to expressing their own peculiarly one-sided view of the
> subject.  And
> there was a group of articles with several experts of
> established high
> reputation each taking the position that the other
> ones  were
> hopelessly wrong.   And not confined to
> Wikipedia, I  think we all
> know of subjects in all fields where there are or have been
> people of
> high authority with peculiar views  Indeed, this sort
> of bias infected
> the old Brittanica.

> I remind you that in the case of climate change, the
> scientific view
> was eventually supported, though it took several rounds at
> arb com.

While this is a whole other topic, it is worth bearing in mind that there is another arb com round currently ongoing on climate change in en:WP, and that one of the most visible experts looks likely to end up topic-banned.

It is unfortunately true that experts can also be aggressive, and wedded to strange ideas about how to edit articles related to their field (in this case, BLPs of their ideological opponents).



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