[Foundation-l] Misplaced Reliance, was Re: Paid editing, was Re: Ban and moderate

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Sun Oct 24 21:53:15 UTC 2010

> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 24 October 2010 20:47, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 24 October 2010 20:26, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
>>>>> None of which I'd expect to say that John Seigenthaler is a
>>>>> murderer.
>>>>> There are mistakes of facts, and then there's malicious lies.  I'd
>>>>> definitely expect more of the latter in Wikipedia than in any of the
>>>>> traditional encyclopedias.
>>>> So your position is that you have the authority to draw lines in the
>>>> sand.
>>> No.  It's more about accountability than about authority.
>> You are claiming you are accountable if wikipedia turns out to be an
>> encyclopedia?
> No, that wasn't my claim.  I am, however, accountable for what I say.
> And the idea that Wikipedia could "turn out to be an encyclopedia" is
> silly.  It either is, or it isn't, and in this case, as I have
> explained, it isn't.

Wikipedia is an institution. Funny word, but of great significance.
Marriage is an institution. Parliament is an institution. Universities
are institutions, as is the internet, and war.

That doesn't mean we're a sacred chariot of the gods, a juggernaut, and
entitled to be destructive.

We're 9 years in, going on a hundred, a thousand.


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