[Foundation-l] Re: [Wikizh-l] About WM private policy

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Sat Dec 25 00:22:07 UTC 2010

On 24 December 2010 23:20, Dan Rosenthal <swatjester at gmail.com> wrote:
> Addressing the other half of this issue, "is creating a page = to editing", I'd argue that page creation is a subset of editing with a fundamental difference. Creating a page has different requirements (such as meeting mandatory inclusion requirements, like notability, or local project rules) that a simple copyedit or typo fix doesn't have. Furthermore, vandalism with page creation used to be much more annoying to deal with (although that's improved over time with certain tools and plugins).
> So yes, I think in theory a page creation does "equal"  an edit, but having said that there are real-world reasons a community might wish to treat the two actions separate. It probably also doesn't help that our community uses a different connotation for edit than does the rest of the world (i.e. to save a revision of a MediaWiki page vs. make changes to an existing document.)

The confusion you often get in these discussions is that "is" does not
equal "equals". When converting natural language into mathematical
notation, you need to be careful. Creating a page *is* an edit, but it
is not equal to an edit.

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