[Wikimedia-l] crazy deletionists!

Mike Dupont jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 4 11:05:55 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Delirium <delirium at hackish.org> wrote:
> On 7/4/12 1:04 AM, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
>> What would a Wikipedia look like that did not make use of press sources?
>> It
>> would look a hell of a lot more like an encyclopedia. Thousands of silly
>> arguments would never arise. Thousands of apposite criticisms of Wikipedia
>> would never arise. These are good things.
>> Unfortunately, such a Wikipedia would also have vastly impoverished
>> coverage of popular culture and current affairs. The articles on Lady Gaga
>> and Barack Obama would be years behind events; the articles on the Japan
>> earthquakes, which I believe Wikipedia was widely praised for, would only
>> now begin to be written, articles on many towns and villages would lack
>> colour and detail.
> It's an intriguing idea, and I agree with the general principle of reducing
> reliance on sources with less gestation time, of which newspapers are the
> biggest offender. I do tend to apply it in an as-alternatives-are-available

The problem with articles from india, kosovo and other minor places
for example is that many will be deleted because there are not many
press sources online for people to check refs.


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