[WikiEN-l] listcruft

michael west michawest at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 07:52:42 UTC 2007

On 14/07/07, Ben Yates <ben.louis.yates at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't want to delete them, but a lot of them get deleted.  Like -- a
> lot.  If I go back through my blog archives and click on the "list of"
> entries, a fair portion have already been deleted.  And that sample
> contains only those lists that I thought were awesome.  It would be
> nice if it was a convention to transwiki them rather than delete them
> -- at least then there's the potential to still view them (and maybe
> move them back someday if the political winds change).
> Somewhat offtopic -- it would be cool if, in a few years, wikipedia
> was the tip of a churning iceberg of content: which is to say, it
> would nice if there was a multitiered system whereby very little gets
> deleted outright, and most stuff gets moved elsewhere.  This type of
> system would fuel much greater public participation (decrease
> friction, if you want to get overly abstract).
> On 7/14/07, Todd Allen <toddmallen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Ray Saintonge wrote:
> > > Ben Yates wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >> I like listcruft -- it's one of my favorite parts of wikipedia.  Is
> > >> there any way I can spearhead a project to transwiki these lists
> > >> somwhere, instead of deleting them forever?
> > >>
> > >>
> > > Why do you want to delete them?  They are clearly an important part of
> > > Wikipedia?
> > >
> > > Ec
> > >

What Wikipedia sees as cruft is a great way for new wikias to expand. All
those red links are cool for dedicated one-goal editors to expand a wiki. I
honestly think that we shouldn't NN and cruft every article without finding
a place on wikia. If wikia expands perhaps the foundation will too.

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