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Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007, 01:32 am
swisscelt: Now what?

So now that EssJay has [apparently] left Wikipedia, and a cadre of administrators, stewards, and the like are doing their level best to sweep the whole incident under the rug, what's left to do? We're being told to discuss this on the Village Pump, but I see nothing there. On the Community Noticeboard, an ad hoc (and highly disorganized, IMO) discussion is brewing, but already people are calling for its closure.

I've said it before: This is serious. We can't just pretend that because this is happening on Teh Intrawebz it won't be taken seriously in the American media and, ultimately, American and other national societies. How Wikipedia deals with this is as crucial to the continuing survival of this enterprise as any corporate scandal was to their respective companies. It's time we ALL grew up: This is the real world, people.

Sun, Mar. 4th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)

So Wikipedia is shit

Pretty much at the moment. The content rules can be modified very easily and it doesn't take a particularly large clique to establish enough inertia to bias them towards personal agendas. Without stable content rules then the corpus of material is suspect.

Allied to that is the tendency for admins to be all a bit fluffy and risk averse (not all but by far the majority) so fail to really address issues.

Most of the issues are leadership and general strategy related. It's a cult of personality at present, and that's not a sustainable state.