[WikiEN-l] Cruft

Nick Boalch n.g.boalch at durham.ac.uk
Tue May 2 17:31:44 UTC 2006

Joe Anderson wrote:

>>> I nominated something for deletion under the grounds of listcruft.
>> Personally I have come to strongly dislike the use of the word 'cruft'
>> on Wikipedia, particularly in AFD debates, because for most of the
>> people that use it it seems to mean essentially 'I'm not interested in
>> this topic, therefore it shouldn't be in the encyclopaedia' (or, the
>> more extreme cases, 'I don't know anything about this topic, therefore
>> I've jumped to the conclusion that it's non-notable').
>> Either way it's unhelpful.
> Perhaps I should withdraw the AfD over the fact I made a bad nomination.

Well, the fact that you perhaps expressed yourself poorly (I say
'perhaps' because people to lean either way on the usefulness of 'cruft'
as a descriptive term) doesn't mean the nomination itself was bad, or
made in bad faith.



Nicholas Boalch
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