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To:Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List From:Fred Bauder Subject:Re: [Foundation-l] The \'Undue Weight\' of Truth on Wikipedia (from the Chronicle) + some citation discussions Date:Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:10:57 -0700 (MST)

> On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 3:57 AM, Mike Christie <>
> wrote:
>> Perhaps the policies can be improved, but they are written to stop bad
>> editing rather than to encourage good editing. I don't think that can
>> be
>> changed. It's impossible to legislate good judgement, and it's
>> judgement
>> that was called for with the Haymarket article.
> If policies don't encourage good judgment, or discourage bad judgment,
> then what are policies for?
> It seems worth discussing whether it would be good to revise the
> existing policy to restore its original (presumed) functionality.
> More generally, I've believed for a long time that WP policies have
> been increased, modified, and subverted in ways that both create a
> higher barrier to entry for new editors and that discourage both new
> editors and existing ones.
> --Mike

I think it probably seems to climate change deniers that excluding
political opinions from science-based articles on global warming is a
violation of neutral point of view, and of basic fairness. That is just
one example, but there are other similar situations.


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