[clug] Wikipedia and Deletionism

Karun Dambiec kdambiec at fsfe.org
Tue Mar 30 14:06:14 MDT 2010

I've gone and withdrawn from my contributions to mediawiki and  
wikipedia. It's just to difficult now for an ordinary person to create  
an article or revise one, with out almost instantly having to justify  
why it should not be deleted, or reverted.

In my view, what is happening now with articles being deleted rather  
than improved, defeats one of the main purposes of Wikipedia.

On 25.03.2010, at 14:01, Robert Brockway <robert at timetraveller.org>  

> On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Karun Dambiec wrote:
>> Has wikipedia's deletionists gone too far?
>> I noticed this morning they are trying to get deleted the page  
>> about the Australian National University.
>> The same seems to be happening for a lot of free software like DWM  
>> etc.
>> Has anyone experienced the same with other free open source projects.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maui_Cluster_Scheduler was nearly  
> deleted.  I got involved and helped to save it.  Maui is widely used  
> in HPC.
> Some people seriously suggested it was non-notable because it didn't  
> run on their MS-Windows PC.  No joking that time unfortunately.
> I also managed to get an AfD proposal withdrawn for "Boston bun"  
> after I pointed out a clear US bias in that case.
> There are other articles I've helped to save after they were claimed  
> to be non-notable.
> I've largely withdrawn from WP these days, after having been quite  
> active for a number of years.  IMHO rules-lawyers are stiffling the  
> processes that led WP to be successful in the first place.
> Rob
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