[WikiEN-l] Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sat May 20 19:30:50 UTC 2006

Philip Welch wrote:

>On May 18, 2006, at 2:48 AM, Steve Bennett wrote:
>>If we don't want unsourced material, why have we tolerated it so long?
>This could be a change in what's considered acceptable rather than an  
>eternal law. Early in Wikipedia's development, we took what we could  
>get. Now that we have a crapload of content, we can set stricter rules.
>Think of it like a basketball team. If you absolutely need to have a  
>basketball team and no one wants to join, you'll take anyone. If  
>everyone in the school wants to join the basketball team, you have to  
>set rules and cut people. True, there's a limit to the roster of a  
>basketball team and no limit to the amount of information Wikipedia  
>could have, but more importantly there's a minimum in both cases, and  
>when the minimum is met, you can be more discriminating.
There are other ways of accomplishing this than setting more rules.  You 
want to build the very best team, and that will be established by 
looking at the players' activities on the basketball court.  When you 
have a more artificial rule that an otherwise great player must achieve 
a certain level of academic results, instinct should point towards 
finding ways of improving his academics instead of cutting him from the 
team without question.

We want to build on the poor articles.  This is usually much better than 
waiting for someone to submit the perfect article on the same subjec.


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