[clug] Wikipedia and Deletionism

Karun Dambiec kdambiec at fsfe.org
Wed Mar 24 19:41:50 MDT 2010

Wikipedia should be able to host the content about all open source
projects. It is after all an encyclopedia.
And from the reason they provide for the proposed deletion of Samba, it
looks like it is not notable because it is known well known in the USA.
Which leads me to ask the question, on the english speaking version of
wikipedia, do they delete articles because it is not known in the USA,
yet something is well known in other english speaking countries?


On Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:30 +1100, "Jason" <j.lee.nielsen at gmail.com>
> It seems that wikipedia is making decisions about whether or not they are
> the correct place to list information on floss projects, is there a
> secondary location to move this data to? I dont imagine it would tie up
> much resources to host a wiki containing the information on all the floss
> projects out there, and nothing would stop the secondary wiki linking
> back to relevant content still in wikipedia, from what I could tell
> having a quick look at their own stats, wikipedia is on the downward
> slope of growth[1], I cant find stats off hand on their deletes per month
> but I assume at some stage these two numbers will one day cross and
> wikipedia will die.
> I imagine a distributed encyclopaedia of some sort, maybe something like
> wigit would be suitable for this (I havent used it, just googled for git
> based wiki)?
> Jason
> 1 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Enwikipediagrowth6.PNG
> 2 : http://el-tramo.be/software/wigit
> On Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:43:09 +1100, Ivan Miljenovic
> <ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 25 March 2010 07:59, Paul Wayper <paulway at mabula.net> wrote:
> >> Looks like a lot of these are spurious - the reason given for deleting SaMBa,
> >> for instance, is:
> >>
> >> This software is not notable. It doesnt run on my windows computer, and so
> >> most of America has not heard of it or used it
> >>
> >> It's a "joke".  Ignore it.
> >
> > The rationale is probably to do with the latest DWM deletion debate
> > (that is, open source projects' wikipedia pages get deleted because
> > they are not "notable" in the sense that the average Joe Blow hasn't
> > heard of them).
> >
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