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

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sat May 20 20:10:02 UTC 2006

Erik Moeller wrote:

>On 5/19/06, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
>>If you see an unsourced statement that would be libel if false, and it
>>makes you feel suspicious enough to want to tag it as {{citation
>>needed}}, please do not do that!  Please just remove the statement and
>>ask a question on the talk page.
>Yes. And this is what we used to do before {{fact}} or its synonyms
>became widespread. I think that, because {{fact}} is so easy to tag
>onto something, the practice of moving dubious claims may have
>decreased somewhat in favor of tagging them.  What can we practically
>do to change this? I think policy alone will not be sufficient, given
>how ubiquitous {{fact}} has already become.
>Perhaps we need a new tag for claims which should be moved within n
>days unless cited, with its own category for maintenancy. But that
>might further increase the use of tagging as opposed to talk pages.
Multiplying the number of tags only provides new opportunities for 
getting things wrong.


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