[Wikipedia-l] Re: Sanger's memoirs

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Wed Apr 20 04:32:47 UTC 2005

Mark Williamson wrote:

>Perhaps you didn't see Jimbo's message. The things Larry says
>critically about Wikipedia aren't "attacks". They aren't intended
If he really intends his suggestions as constructive suggestions, rather 
than self-aggrandizement and media-whoring, why hasn't he participated 
in the many discussions of Wikipedia policy?  There were in fact 
discussions of how to integrate review systems into Wikipedia which he 
did not participate in.  The only comments I've heard from him are 
John-Katz-style essays published on other sites.

Perhaps his time is too valuable to bother actually participating in the 
project, in which case he's welcome to do something else.  But if he's 
serious about improving the project, his views are likely to be better 
received if he actually participates in the policy discussions, and 
ideally actually edits the encyclopedia and generally participates as an 
active member of the project.

If, on the other hand, he's not going to be a member of the project, but 
wants to tell those who are how they should run it, well then he 
shouldn't be surprised if the reception is less than welcoming.


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