[WikiEN-l] deletionism in popular culture
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Sat Oct 31 06:44:37 UTC 2009
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM, David Goodman <dgoodmanny at gmail.com> wrote:
> I do not consider that trivial. The deletion of improvable articles
> because the small number of participants at AfD who are interested
> and willing to rescue them is one of the reasons for people losing the
> interest in Wikipedia. Who after all actually wants to come to
> articles for deletion, but those who want to delete articles.
Good point. I've often thought something like 'jury duty' for newcomers,
after your first few weeks editing but before you stop being flagged as a
'newb' by the site software, might involve a few days of sharing your common
sense at AfD.
Though I still like the idea of changing the name to Articles for Review,
encouraging eveyryone who likes cleanup to hang out there, and turning AfD
into the much faster-process group that figures out /how/ to properly delete
articles that have no other option. [so anyone could close an AfR
discussion, but only people with delete rights could close AfD; they'd have
to know how to decide whether or not to delete talk pages, &c &c. ]
Ryan Delaney opines:
> I agree. Pure Wiki Deletion is the only permanent solution.
Now that's a lovely perennial idea. There's no point in hard deleting any
article save to protect private information in the history. You can pure
wiki delete; or even pure wiki delete and protect the blank page; but
removing the work done from view of interested passers-by is wholly
> David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM, Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com>
> > Ok, here's a hypothetical. Let's say out of any twenty given AfD's
> > that close as "delete", it turns out we get one "wrong". Is that
> > acceptable? Deletion is hardly the end of the world in itself...
> > Steve
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