[p2p-research] the wikipedia decline

Kevin Carson free.market.anticapitalist at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 14:17:53 CET 2009

On 11/25/09, Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Paul, there is no shortage of articles at all, that's a myth, just like
> saying the world needs only five computers .. there are thousands or even
> millions of microcommunities with topics dear to their heart which are
> systematically expunged from the wikipedia.
> Why would this be necessary in an infinite medium? Whom does an extra
> article hurt.

I'm not sure you and Paul are disagreeing here.  Articles of interest
to such microcommunities are unlikely to meet the Deletionazis'
criteria for notability.

And I think we're all agreed that the notability requirements are
unnecessary in an environment of abundance.

Reminds me of a radio commercial I used to hear for some pizza place
that said "...And we don't put dead minnows on our pies!"  Well, I'm
not aware of any pizza place that puts anchovies on orders for people
who don't ask for them.  So what they were really bragging about was
that they didn't have them for those who DID want them.  Similarly,
the "non-notable" articles will never even be seen by those who aren't
interested or looking for them; but thanks to the Deletionazis, they
won't be there for anyone who IS looking.

Kevin Carson
Center for a Stateless Society http://c4ss.org
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Studies in Mutualist Political Economy
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