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From "Jorge Schrauwen" <jorge.schrau...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Issue] External links @ the wiki, aka pagechange wars
Date Thu, 24 May 2007 14:26:28 GMT
On 5/24/07, Rich Bowen <rbowen@rcbowen.com> wrote:
>
> On May 24, 2007, at 08:50, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
>
> > On Thu, May 24, 2007 at 08:05:30AM -0400, Joshua Slive wrote:
> >> External links are encouraged where they add substantial value, but
> >> you may not link to your own pages or otherwise seek private benefits
> >> from external links.
> >
> > I like the elegance of this rule, because if it's your page and you
> > words, well you can just add the content to the wiki anyway. But at
> > the
> > same time it may invite even more awkward and inappropriate behaviour,
> > e.g. paying someone else to add the links on your behalf.
> >
> > I think this problem is always going to fall into the "We know abuse
> > when we see it" category, it requires a vague kind of rule-making
> > which
> > only humans can apply.
> >
> > I'm in favour of banning these links in this instance, though not all
> > external links.
>
> The trouble in this particular case is that the contributor in
> question writes articles that are misleading or completely wrong, and
> appears to be unaware of the fact that he is being misleading and
> wrong. I'm not sure if he's genuinely trying to be helpful, or merely
> trying to inflate his google ranking by creating pages that link back
> to his site. Either way, the content that he produces does not add
> substantial value, nor do the pages to which he links, and often his
> content actively promotes practices that are discouraged as being
> less-than-best-practice.
>
> Added to this is his refusal to accept correction, so that when his
> articles are modified to reflect best practice and reality, he gets
> offended and changes it back.
>
> Behind the scenes there are angry and insulting email messages being
> exchanged, which I'm occasionally copied on, in which he defends his
> articles as being the best things ever written, and accusing us of
> singling him out for abuse. It's all very juvenile and time consuming.
>
> However, one of the side effects of having this kind of public Wiki
> is that we have to do this kind of policing and maintenance, and some
> people are going to feel singled out.
>
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+1
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~Jorge

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