[Python-Dev] Moving the developer docs?
steve at pearwood.info
Fri Sep 24 05:02:17 CEST 2010
On Fri, 24 Sep 2010 01:42:03 am Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> By nature (quick-quick), information is unorganized in a Wiki. This
> is what wiki advocates cite as its main feature, and wiki opponents
> as its main flaw.
I've never heard wiki advocates say that, and even a cursory glace at
wikis like Wikipedia disprove the idea that wikis are necessarily
disorganised. "Quick" does not mean unstructured, disorganised or
Do you mean that the *contributors* to the wiki are disorganised, rather
than the wiki itself? If so, perhaps, but again Wikipedia demonstrates
that this is not necessarily the case. Wikipedia has a hierarchy of
contributors. In reverse order:
- anonymous editors
- editors with accounts
- Wikimedia Foundation, which is responsible for policy
- BDFL Jimmy Wales who is ultimately responsible for setting policy
One of the criticisms of Wikipedia is that it has diverged from its
official aim to be the encyclopedia that anyone can edit to one where
contributions from insiders, particularly "the Cabal", are preferred to
those of new anonymous editors.
Other wikis have other policies: Citizendium and Scholarpedia are
notable examples that attempt to increase the (real or perceived)
reliability and accountability of their articles by prohibiting
anonymous edits altogether. Despite the influence of Wikipedia, "wiki"
does not mean "open to everyone to edit without supervision".
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