[Wikimedia-l] FAQ - Board Resolution on Personal Image Hiding Feature

stevertigo stvrtg at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 05:05:16 UTC 2012

> On 7/16/12 6:57 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote:
>> What community? Jimbo often declares that en.wiki community should rule
>> Commons, for instance;[1] will an en.wiki community plan be considered
>> enough to impose something on everyone?

On Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia-inc.com> wrote:
> I have not said any such thing, and indeed in the very text you quote I said
> exactly the opposite.
> For clarity, I do not think that the en.wikipedia community should rule
> Commons.

Cunningham's classic criticism of Wikipedia was that it's status as an
encyclopedia would be only temporary and that it eventually would
become just a wiki. Wikipedia has been sucessful in proving him wrong,
but Commons has been making that task much more difficult, as Commons
is, under its overly broad usage, in fact 'just a wiki.' And
Commons' overbroad self-concept directly impacts Wikipedia.

Certainly one of the keys to Wikipedias success is our clear
self-concept of being an encyclopedia, and by exercising what we think
of as encyclopedic judgment. How that encyclopedic judgment gets put
into practice is not always pretty, and this is one case where one
side are promoting a concept of unusable exhibitionism over Wikipedias
WP:PRIME objective.

(resent with copyedits)

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