[Wikipedia-l] A proposal for the new software

Jimmy Wales jwales at bomis.com
Thu Oct 18 23:53:13 UTC 2001

lsanger at nupedia.com wrote:
> I don't much like this sort of "scoring."  That will encourage competition
> that isn't clearly in the interests of actually creating an encyclopedia.

Not necessarily!  The idea is that we need "scoring" to determine who
is "in" or "out".  Also, a scoring system can be tweaked over time to
make it conform more closely to our goals.

Someone argued that the scores should be kept between the user and the
software, i.e. non-public.  Perhaps the scores should not even be
revealed to the users.

I thought that it might be fun to compare scores.

Like, I imagine an active participant like LDC or Bryce Harrington
would quickly have a score in the thousands.  But it only takes, say,
60 points to be maxed out in powers.  So the rest is just for fun.

> I like the idea of just being "in" or "out."  Remember, the problem we're
> trying to solve is simply to disempower vandals.  That's it.

Right, but no matter what we have to have a metric to make that
decision, which pretty much means points or numbers of some kind.

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