[Wikipedia-l] A proposal for the new software

lcrocker at nupedia.com lcrocker at nupedia.com
Mon Oct 22 19:55:56 UTC 2001

>I think Anatoly's proposals have merit.
>We certainly don't want to allow the changes to impact our culture in
>a negative way.  Cautiousness is warranted, because wikipedia works
>well as it is.  We're just looking to the future and anticipating how
>to scale as we get more popular.

I'd just like to point out that I dislike "point" systems because 
they explicity avoid simple human subjective judgment.  They're just 
bad AI.  The problem we're trying to solve is inherently one of 
subjective value: most people's edits are valuable to us, but some 
aren't.  I don't want to abdicate responsibility for that judgment to 
a stupid automaton.

If we want to give "reliable" users privileges that we don't 
immediately give to everyone, that's great.  But just give them--
don't build a whole system of automating it, just give them to those 
who ask, and who have earned them.  I would far rather that flag be 
set by a real human being exercising judgment than by some 
meaningless process.

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