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Theo Honohan on Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:36:27 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precarity (one catholic systematically usurping it)

2009/2/17 Antonio A. Casilli <Antonio.Casilli {AT} ehess.fr>:
> Let me just say that, if indeed not
> progressive, this is a democratic measure in that it is essentially
> majoritarian in nature. Wikipedia articles are not only about
> consensus among contributors, but also about *meeting the needs
> of a majority of readers*. If we forget about this, I'm afraid we
> would fall into the old pedantic logic of encyclopaedia entries
> which are accurate, but completely useless to their readers.

The alternative to consensus is coercion which is surely never OK in
principle. If we can find a technical solution we should.

Don't fight the other users, you'll turn into a monster like them.
If you have to fight something, fight to change the brain-damaged
software. Wikipedia takes an extremely powerful open source/version
control framework for knowledge and then stupefyingly cripples it by
imposing 18th-century encyclopedic epistemology. Deletionism is one
problem that arises from this. This debate over categorization is

Luckily we can mostly ignore these problems because Wikipedia is not
the whole Internet.

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