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Please stop removing competitors without discussion[edit]

Every time someone links to anything mentioning competing products, someone else removes the link. Please provide your justification. Personally, I don't think this article should exist at all, so unless you want it to show up in the delete queue, play nice. 19:38, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

I have been advised that the links which are being removed without consultation are appropriate for this page. Please do not remove them a third time w/out providing a justification. Somegeek 19:03, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
The person who provided that response on the Editor Assistance page is wrong in their assessment. There's two important considerations here. One -- for lists of software, we create list articles. The encyclopedia is much better served by having a complete list of SFTP clients gathered in one place, instead of having partial lists in many articles. It's important to think about these sorts of things from a position of global applicability. You don't see us linking to Mac OS X from any Microsoft Windows or Linux articles, do you? Why would we limit such a a list to those three major operating systems? Is that fair? Is that a neutral presentation? What about FreeBSD or AmigaOS or GNU Hurd or any of dozens of other lesser-known operating system articles we have on Wikipedia? It is both easier and more fair to provide a single wikilink to a list article. Alternatively, a template can be created that has all the relevant pieces of software gathered together and presented at the bottom of every article. Template:FreeCollabManageSoftware is a good example of this.
Two -- note that WP:SEEALSO suggests that a "good practice is to treat subjects in a "See also" section as topics that could be worked into the article". Nobody's ever going to integrate articles on similar competing products into eachother... it'd create a nightmare for maintainability, and would make for very poor and potentially POV-laden prose.
I'm going to remove the list of competing software products. If you're insistent on seeing lists of Sftp clients, please do so using one or both of the two commonly-used methods on computing articles: create a list article or template. Thanks. -/- Warren 20:24, 26 October 2007 (UTC)