[WikiEN-l] Here's an interesting one

Nick Boalch n.g.boalch at durham.ac.uk
Wed Feb 1 15:31:36 UTC 2006

Jimmy Wales wrote:
>> I strongly disagree with that; eventually producing a good encyclopedia
>> ought to take precedence over immediately gaining good PR (or avoiding
>> bad PR).
> Eventually producing a good encyclopedia is _exactly_ what I'm talking
> about.  That's why it's better to delete crap than keep it.  Having tons
> and tons of junk articles does not help us create a good quality
> encyclopedia; it encourages more of the same.

It rather depends on what you mean by 'crap' and 'junk articles', I
think. Some clarification of this would be appreciated.

Personally I think that, for any topic, a one-line stub is better than
no article at all (and this is certainly the position adopted by
[[Wikipedia:Replies to common objections]], a 'party line' I have been
toeing at info-en@ correspondents for some time).



Nicholas Boalch
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