[WikiEN-l] Age fabrication and original research

Ian Woollard ian.woollard at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 02:04:50 UTC 2009

On 30/09/2009, FT2 <ft2.wiki at gmail.com> wrote:
> Policies and rules don't work that way, exactly. They're a bit "zen", they
> point to the moon, but they aren't the moon themselves. if you want a formal
> policy that everyone /must/ follow, then 5 pillars, or WP:CLUE are in some
> ways more speaking to the spirit of things, rather than the detail of it.
> No written page can capture the full precise black and white version,
> because there isn't such a thing. We fix it to get fairly close on big
> stuff, and hope people figure out the small stuff on their own, or by seeing
> how others react to their trying things out.
> If you try and run Wikipedia literally "by the policies" (including IAR) but
> not the spirit, you'll get close but there will regularly be areas you'll
> miss the point, the "what a clueful person might intuit" (which will surely
> be divergent with others!)

In my experience the problems are usually more to do with people not
following policies. It's precisely the people that *think* they
understand the wikipedia that usually become deletionists or

> FT2

-Ian Woollard

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