Carrite wrote: CrowsNest wrote:
Oh, and btw, Wikipedia is eighteen, not fifteen.
I think there's a better argument for a 2004 date of (successful) origin than the actual 2001 date of birth, oh pedantic one. Note my use of word "success."
Oh, yeah, I forgot — you and reading, a little bit hit and miss...
I read so good I knew you would go this route, and I had a rebuttal already prepared.
The end of the two year period from 2004 to 2006 is actually a far better point at which to definitely declare Wikipedia was actually a success, it having been shown that the expansion rate was basically exponential. Of course by 2007-08 it was obvious the wheels had already fallen off, the drag effect of too many editors and zero leadership meaning it had already began to ossify and eat itself, the opportunity for much needed improvements to reshape it as a truly mass participation project where an actual encyclopedia would be the result, having been lost.
The site wide conflicts that began in that period - notability, civility, access control - are still being fought today, the legacy shit pile you're sitting on that you want to call an encyclopedia but manifestly isn't, flawed at creation and increasingly out of date and degraded in the project's twilight years, being the side effect.
Wikipedia is eighteen. Think what humanity has achieved in a similar time period through collective endeavour for the common good, and compare it to your progress toward your nominal goal, which is after all, merely just to summarize what is already known. I'm happy to accept it might have taken fifty years for every needed article to have been created and brought to Featured quality, but you're not going to even reach that milestone in 2051. Not even close. Hence the corporate priorities have completely shifted, and it's only you goofballs who are still even working to the old target.
Face it, your baby slipped into a come through lack of the proper care, because your model called for amateurs to staff the delivery room. Die hards like you are the ones operating the ventilator, happy that there is heartbeat, ignoring the fact there are no other more meaningful sign of life, and that your progeny is not going to do anything for society except be a burden.
This is not success by any measure. This is just sick. Dystopian stuff.
Pull that plug.