[Wikipedia-l] pitching an idea

Steve Lefevre lefevre.10 at osu.edu
Sun Apr 17 17:59:16 UTC 2005

Chad Perrin wrote:

>I disagree with that characterization of NPOV as a goal.  Rather than
>say that it's some kind of myth to which we pretend to subscribe here,
>I'm of the opinion that it's more an asymptote rather than a point on a
>graph, and we are (in general) "approaching NPOV" incrementally with our
>efforts.  The fact that we may never reach an absolute value of NPOV
>idoesn't make it any less real, though.
OK, I think I understand what you are saying. First off, a multiple 
competing article system does not prevent an article with an NPOV. If 
that article exists and it highly rated, great! Second, humor me and 
pitcure this.  If we did have a multiple article system, isn't that 
approaching the asymptote, albeit in a different way? Say we have three 
highly rated and conflicting articles. Some well-reputed author comes 
along and creates another article that summarises all three of those 
viewpoints. Wouldn't this be a more efficient system? Proponents of each 
side are allowed to make their case as they wish. The author who 
summarizes has most of the writing work done for him. Nobody has to 
destroy the other side's article, and if they don't like the summary, 
they can fork it and make their own.  However, if the summary is highly 
rated, isn't that the golden NPOV goal we are reaching for?

Can you spell out exactly the current process of getting a NPOV?


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