[Foundation-l] Proposal for new project

WJhonson at aol.com WJhonson at aol.com
Thu Oct 21 13:57:39 UTC 2010

In a message dated 10/21/2010 6:52:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
me at marcusbuck.org writes:

> I think your proposal is a good idea and that that wiki could develop 
> into a very useful resource. However it does not fit into Wikimedia. 
> Wikimedia is strictly about educational content and "neutral point of 
> view" etc. and your how-to is just the opposite of neutral point of 
> view. It collects the experience of people from their own point of view.  >
> >

Personally I think this is wrong.  Neutral point of view, does not mean to 
discount your own experience.  What it means, is to objectively report the 
"facts" of the situation.  Obviously if I do research, I am using my eyes and 
hands and brain, I cannot discount my experience in doing my research.  
What I report of my research is based on my judgement of what's important and 
what's not, what's interesting, what's mundane, what's silly, what's 
someone's unsupported opinion, what's an accurate summary....

If I can objectively describe how to fix your lawnmower engine, my 
contention is that that would be a neutral point of view.  Someone else might object 
that it's too vague or too obtuse, but I don't think they'd object that 
it's too politically left or too religiously biased....


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