[WikiEN-l] Cruft

Andrew Gray shimgray at gmail.com
Wed May 3 19:02:13 UTC 2006

On 03/05/06, Jesse W <jessw at netwood.net> wrote:

> > appears on your watchlist?
> As of now: 482 items with 78 changes in the last 3 days. Do I check all
> the contributions that include an edit summary like "{subs:afd}",
> "nomiating for deletion", or something like that?  Yes, and I don't
> think that's too much to ask.  If you have so much on your watchlist
> that you can't do that - take some things off your watchlist.

But a large number of articles put on AFD are done so without a clear
edit summary. (I try to remember to use "DELETE", which is
eye-catching, but I often forget). Even if this is done, if someone
reads the discussion, looks at the article, and helpfully copyedits it
ten minutes later... the watchlist is useless.

I use my watchlist regularly. I've still had situations where I look
on AFD and think "hey, didn't I just rewrite that article last week"?
It's a good-sounding theory, but it falls apart in contact with normal

- Andrew Gray
  andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk

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