Wed 16 May 2007
James Nicoll is being deleted!
Don't worry, it's only his
Wikipedia entry that's under threat from overzealous
editors, on the grounds that he's "non noticable", which more and more these days is Wikipedia speak for "I never heard of him and I can't
be bothered to find out more about him". If you look at
the entry's editing history as well, you see a pattern emerging in which the same editor first prunes it down until it's almost worthless and
then nominates it for deletion because there's nothing interesting in the remaining article.
In all, this little kerfuffle seems to be exactly what drove
Nielsen Hayden to give up on Wikipedia. The vinegar pissers are in control, the people who'd rather delete articles than create them, the
people with no humour but with an inflated sense of importance and with the time to watch Wikipedia 24/7 and gain power. Wikipedia rewards
those users who dedicate themselve to doing cleanup more than it rewards users who dedicate themselves to writing articles, partially because
doing cleanup gians you a lot of edits, fast, which is considered important in an user and partially because the Wikipedia culture as a whole
is so wary about vandalism and abuse after the horrid experience it has gone through the past few years when it grew too large too quickly.
In the process the baby got thrown out with the bathwater and it is now possible for people who literally contribute nothing but delete and
noticability notices to Wikipedia to be elected to positions of power.
The pendulum needs to swing back, to a culture more open to less serious entries you wouldn't find in the Encyclopedia Brittanica, which is
less obsessed with citations and has a better grip on how to handle those parts of culture mainly found online, like James Nicoll. The first
step should be
death to noticability!
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