[WikiEN-l] The admin problem

Fastfission fastfission at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 18:54:41 UTC 2006

True, but there are many types of openness -- backchannels are fine so
long as they are not appealed to as the basis of any particular
decision. Any logic worked out in a backchannel should be publicly
re-posted and open for discussion in some sort of santized form. One
can also alert to the presence of backchannel discussions (i.e. "Jimbo
and were having a discussion the other day...") without actually
making everyone privvy to them.

Transparency and lack of privacy are not the same thing, is all I am saying.


On 2/28/06, charles matthews <charles.r.matthews at ntlworld.com> wrote:
>  "Leif Knutsen" wrote
> > * Admins should strive for transparency in their workings. Backchannel
> > communications should be an exception limited to very specific problems.
> That at least is not really practical.  There is constant need to share
> information, that should not be posted on the Wikipedia sites.  (Think about
> it - so we really want discussions of users by admins, including necessary
> detective work, on the site?).
> Charles
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