[WikiEN-l] Mywikipediaspace

Stephen Streater sbstreater at mac.com
Mon Oct 2 08:44:48 UTC 2006

On 2 Oct 2006, at 07:55, David Gerard wrote:

> On 02/10/06, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes. What is the point of such a rule in a TOS? It won't stop
>> deliberate violation. So how is it planned to enforce it?
>> "Wikipedia: The encyclopedia anyone can edit if they click OK to a
>> multi-page contract of adhesion of the sort no-one ever reads  
>> anyway."
> To expand on this:
> What it appears Danny would like is a rule that people would have to
> agree to such that they would behave. But you can't legislate against
> misunderstanding or malice. What effective penalty can we apply? We
> can't even stop people editing if they really want to.
> Adding a new rule, or a TOS or whatever, won't change malicious
> behaviour a dot, and will hamper the good editors. No rules can ensure
> quality, no rules can ensure neutrality, no rules can prevent
> cluelessness and no rules can prevent malice.
> The solution to bad behaviour is as unlikely to be "let's add LOTS of
> new rules" as it is to be "let's add a new rule" when the problem is
> editors who don't care about existing rules.

We should be making at easy as possible
for good editors to take part and learn how
things work. This includes making it as easy
as possible to get started.

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