Should the German Wikipedia allow edits only by experts in their subject area?
Topic: How to write an article in wikipedia
July 16, 2019 / By Ilean Question:
There's been considerable debate about allowing only experts in a particular subject area to edit articles on the English Wikipedia. In other words, someone who's an expert in computer science shouldn't be editing articles on architecture, even if that editor is using reliable sources and references. Or, someone who's an expert in architecture shouldn't be editing articles on Baroque music. And, presumably, someone who's 25 and still living in their parents' house shouldn't be editing anything at all.
Should the German Wikipedia have the same policy? Is the editor who made this change an expert in horticulture:
Best Answers: Should the German Wikipedia allow edits only by experts in their subject area?
Effie | 10 days ago
There may have been debate but it's not a serious proposal because what you're describing isn't Wikipedia; it's a different project called Citizendium. The ability to contribute to Wikipedia articles isn't going to be restricted to subject experts. If the projects are unable to restrict editing to logged in users only, it's hard to imagine how limiting it to experts is ever going to be seen as a serious idea. Apart from anything else, a fundamental principle underlying Wikipedia is open editing and restricting editing to so-called experts would also violate the Wikimedia Foundation's Foundation Principles (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Foundation_principles) which mandate that the projects be open to editing by anyone.
Saying "Should the German Wikipedia have the same policy?" implies it is already a policy on a language edition of Wikipedia when it's not. People who disagree with the Foundation Principles and want to do as you suggest can make their own new project with their own principles and rules but it wouldn't be Wikipedia and wouldn't be a Wikimedia Foundation project. They could also join such a project like Citizendium.So there doesn't seem much point. If people want an expert-written collaborative encyclopedia project, that's fair enough but such a project is simply not Wikipedia.
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Time (frequently) escapes me. Two stories (one my WIP; one a sketch) follow multiple characters from childhood to adulthood. As the plot develops, I guess with horrible inaccuracy how much time has passed between major events. I created my first "official" timeline last winter. The events I had planned to fit into a projection of 10-15 years were impossibly congested; I was forced to broaden it, adding months, even years between particular events, such as the amount of time it would take for my protagonist to recover physically and emotionally from a terrible injury. I failed to acknowledge the winters in my projection, which would render my characters quite immobile, and so was forced to shove all military expeditions into summer. My misjudgment was equilvalent to 10 extra years. I was in such disbelief, I ran everything over with my roommate (spoke for 3 hours, my voice was so sore by the end), who laughed at my astonishment. I was so distracted by how each event affected the characters, how they grew, I was completely oblivious to the ever-ticking clock. The other story was less dramatic, with my underestimation cutting around 5 years from a logical timeline. Still, it's something I ought to work on.
In theory that sounds like an excellent idea. In practice, the Wikipedia people will find a way to make it idiotically meaningless and inconsequential compared to their will. Heil Jimbo!
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Where did you ever get the idea that professionals are only allowed to edit in wikipedia to begin with? Wikipedia at best is a pee poor place to get accurate data.
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Where is this "considerable debate" that you speak of taking place? Inside your legume-sized head?
Obviously the editor who made that addition to the German article about rhododendron varieties was an "expert in the moment". Anyone who can take so much of his inner rage, lashed to man's incivility to fellow man, buffeted by unethical tyrants who wield far too much power, and then create this:
...certainly must be channeling expertise -- nay, dare I say, channeling Providence itself, the manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures, great and small?
Get thee behind me, Death Panelist.
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Who cares who edits it as long as the information is the truth?
"Outside their area of expertise..." The frick is this nonsense? Who are you (not you, a nonspecific person) to define MY areas of expertise? Screw you! (again, not you.)
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