[WikiEN-l] [[WP:PROD]] - a lightweight deletion process

SJ 2.718281828 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 09:32:11 UTC 2006

On 2/11/06, Ryan Delaney <ryan.delaney at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/11/06, Alphax (Wikipedia email) <alphasigmax at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Who /is/ representative of Wikipedia consensus on deletion?
> No one -- which is why I object so strongly to the idea that deletion should
> be treated differently from other edits; or that deletion should be regarded
> as "final" because of an AFD, as if "the community" has decided that an
> article should be deleted. That is a farce. An AFD means that the people who

Calling this idea a farce is a bit much.

Please remember that the AFD process guarantees that anyone who visits
the article over the course of a week, and anyone browsing AFD who
care about the subject, will be inclined to read the AFD
discussion/vote.  Which is a bit different from "the people who
happened to be looking at AFD at the time".

Mistakes happen via AFD all the time; results should not be immutable;
and the system is very far from perfect.  That said, it is better than
a random process

> There is no good reason to treat deletion differently than any other edit.

Any process which involves dozens of people over the course of a week
should naturally be treated differently, and reversed more slowly,
than a single edit by a single user.   This applies equally to AfD
results and to FPC/FAC selections.


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