[WikiEN-l] Here's an interesting one

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Wed Feb 1 15:37:35 UTC 2006

Jimmy Wales wrote:

>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 depends on what you mean by "junk article".  If it's an article that 
cannot possibly prove useful to a future editor, then yes, it should be 
deleted.  Most stubs aren't in this category, though.

If it's an article that is not good *now* as an article, but might be 
useful to a future editor, then it shouldn't be deleted---instead we 
should develop some sort of labeling system so a reader who stumbles 
onto it is properly notified that this article is very much a 
work-in-progress and not yet ready for serious use as a reference.


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