[WikiEN-l] Proposal: limited extension of semi-protection policy

The Cunctator cunctator at gmail.com
Thu May 25 21:20:30 UTC 2006

On 5/24/06, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
> http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/05/the_death_of_wi.php
> It is worth noting that Nicholas Carr has taken note of this thread to
> announce the death of Wikipedia.  Apparently, 154 articles
> semi-protected out of 1,151,768 is the end of open editing.

Not that your argument through statistics is in any way meaningful.
154 /1,151,768 is more than 100 ppm; 100 ppm of carbon monoxide, mercury,
arsenic, sulfur dioxide, nitric oxide, vinyl chloride, formaldehyde,
benzene, ammonia, etc. would kill you dead. Or at least give you any number
of horrible cancers.

Water is fluoridated to 1 ppm.

Motorcycles cause 0.22 deaths per million vehicle miles. New Zealand has 100
maternal deaths per million births. Drugs kill about 100 per million people
in US urban areas.

In other words, that 154 articles are semiprotected out of a population of
1.2 million could be insignificant, great, or terrible.

But on its own it's just a factoid, not a counterargument.

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