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Association of Wikipedians Who Dislike Making Broad Judgments About the Worthiness of a General Category of Article, and Who Are in Favor of the Deletion of Some Particularly Bad Articles, but That Doesn't Mean They Are Deletionists


Est omnino difficile iudicare inclusionis meritum cuiusdam rei in encyclopædia cum ratio sciendi quid populi referat incerta sit, sed nihilominus aliquid encyclopædiam dedecet

It is generally difficult to judge the worthiness of a particular topic for inclusion in an encyclopedia considering that there is no certain way to know what interests people, but some topics nevertheless are not fit for an encyclopedia.

This motto reflects the desire of these Wikipedians to be reluctant, but not entirely unwilling, to remove articles from Wikipedia.

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Despite all attempts at privatization, it turns out that there are some things that don't want to be owned.
Music, water, seeds, electricity, ideas--they keep bursting out of the confines erected around them.
They have a natural resistance to enclosure, a tendency to escape, to cross-pollinate,
to flow through fences, and flee out open windows.
Naomi Klein, Fences and Windows

Some thoughts[edit]

  • "Wikipedia guidelines are like scripture: somewhere in the labyrinthine network of rules, you can find support for any position." S Marshall[1]
  • Inclusionism and Deletionism: "A plague o' both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me." Mercutio
  • "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • "The best is the enemy of the good." Voltaire, La Bégueule (1772).
  • "We are blessed to be living in an age when we have a global communications network in which idiots, assholes, and total and complete wastes of fucking human life alike can come together to give instant feedback in an unfettered and unmonitored online environment." The Onion.
  • Adler's Laws of Wikipedia
  • "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." Ripley.
  • "Our social policies are not a suicide pact." Jimmy Wales, March 2005.
  • "I find your lack of [good] faith disturbing.".[2] The Wordsmith.
  • "'Notability purges' are being executed throughout Wikipedia by empire-building, wannabe tin-pot dictators masquerading as humble editors."[3]
  • "[There are] significant differences between Wikipedia members and non-Wikipedia members in agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness, which were lower for the Wikipedia members."[4]
  • "A small fraction of editors —Wikipedians— do most of the work and produce most of the value."[5]
  • "I don't think banishing users when their block log reaches a magic number teaches anybody anything except that it pays to keep cycling identities if you ever do get a block." MickMacNee[6]
  • "[T]he consensus of the [Wikipedia] community is that WP should be a storage place for all published information in case there is a nuclear war, gigantic solar flare, or alien invasion and all the rest of the Internet and all libraries are destroyed leaving WP alone to preserve human civilisation." Steve Dufour[7]
  • "Many Wikipedia contributors are out of their element. The foundation of the project is academic publishing, but very few people who are actively involved (or addicted, if you will) have the qualifications to be part of such an environment." A Horse With No Name, Wikipedia Review.
  • "Let's make a wiki. No, this is not an indecent proposal. It's an idea to add a little feature to Nupedia. Jimmy Wales thinks that many people might find the idea objectionable, but I think not. "Wiki," pronounced \wee'-kee\, derives from a Polynesian word, "wikiwiki," but what it means is a VERY open, VERY publicly-editable series of web pages." Wed, 10 Jan 2001 12:50:32
  • "Wikipedia is up! Humor me. Go there and add a little article. It will take all of five or ten minutes. --Larry" Wed, 17 Jan 2001 15:16:25
  • "None of this is to say that the Nupedia wiki will replace the main encyclopedia; of course it won't. But will be an interesting ancillary endeavor!" --LarrySanger, 17 Jan 2001
  • "As Wikipedia has grown, it has become increasingly clear that it functions as a necessary layer in the Internet knowledge system, a layer that was not needed in the analog age." Casper Grathwohol, OUP, Jan 2011
  • "Others ... thought the first thing to do was eliminate all worthless books. They would ... leaf disgustedly through a volume, and condemn entire walls of books. It is to their hygenic, asetic rage that we lay the senseless loss of millions of volumes." Borges on the "Purifiers" in The Library of Babel, 1941.

My editing[edit]

Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 38372
Edits+Deleted 40103
Pages deleted 757
Pages restored 85
Pages protected 47
Pages unprotected 2
Protections modified 11
Users blocked 123
Users reblocked 14
Users unblocked 14
Users created 1

Significant edits[edit]

  • Bold: I wrote all or the bulk of the article — Italics: Deprodded — Life Preserver.svg: Was at AfD or had been deleted

Politics: 2009 G-20 London summit protests · Ali Qanso · Altaf Hussain · Andrew LanderyouLife Preserver.svg · Animals Count · A.S.P Liyanage · The Blah! Party · Bosnia and Herzegovina – Romania relationsLife Preserver.svg · Boston Bypass Independents · Template:British political parties · British war crimes · Campaign for a New Workers' Party · Carlos Flores Dueñas · Charles A. Hurley · Church of the Militant Elvis Party · The Common Good (political party) · Community Action Party · Community Group · The Community Group (London Borough of Hounslow) · Dave Cooke · Death of Ian Tomlinson · Democratic Labour Party (UK) · Democratic Left (UK) · Democratic Party (UK, 1998) · Dominic Delaney · Dyab Abou Jahjah · Edward A. McCabe · Equal Parenting Alliance · Free Scotland Party · George Leeman · George Tremlett · Hands Off the People of IranLife Preserver.svg · Independent Working Class Association · Kosovo je Srbija · Leila Deen · Len McCluskey · Lincolnshire Independents · List of political parties in the United Kingdom · List of protests in the United Kingdom · Llais Gwynedd · Lung Ying-tai · Make Politicians History · Malaysia–Venezuela relations · Mike Granatt · Morecambe Bay Independents · Nancy Agag · National Health Action Party · The New Party (United Kingdom) · New Politics Network · Nina Temple · Norman Scarth · Pensioners Party (England) · Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom · Pro-Euro Conservative Party · Publican Party · Robin Tilbrook · Sang Nguyen · Senior Citizens Party · Sheila Hollins · Teresa Sayward.

Arts and media: 9/11 humorLife Preserver.svg · Alisar Ailabouni · Alisha Klass · Amber D · And Thereby Hangs a Tale · Andy MuirheadLife Preserver.svg · Andy Riley · Ann Dusenberry · The Arcadian Kicks · Asef Ala Al Izaag · Asma lmnawar · Caitlin Rose · Charlotte Green · Corinne Luchaire · Cyrine Abdelnour · David Yelland (journalist) · The Dolly Rockers · Donogh Rees · Down in the Willow Garden(Symbol question.svgDYK) · Ellie Levenson · Frederik Lauesen · Jack of Diamonds (song) · Jacky RowlandLife Preserver.svg · James Lansdale Hodson · Je t'aime... moi non plus · Jenny Slate · Jeremy Theobald · Joana and the Wolf · Jodi Martin · John Mulholland (journalist) · Joseph Greco · Josh Caterer · Julie Estelle · Katharine Ross · Katie Aselton · Kevin Colson · Kids Love Lies · Leïla Karam · Liu Xiaoqing · Marcel McCalla · Meena Durairaj · Mumzy Stranger · NewsTilt · Nick Ede · Nil Lara · Nudity in music videosLife Preserver.svg · Patrick Ensor · Pooky Quesnel · Ramdane Touhami · Randall Winston · The Ropes · The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer · She Keeps Bees · The Siege of Trencher's Farm · Simon Merrells · Sixteen Reasons · Slow cinema · Small Wonder (essays) · Sophie Madeleine · Sophie Merry · Stephen Benatar · The Story of Marie and JulienSymbol support vote.svg · Susie Boniface · Syang · Tootsie Guevara · Unsimulated sex in filmLife Preserver.svg · Valarie Pettiford · Villa des Roses · Vlatko Ilievski · Warm-up comedian · Whitney Cummings · Zafar Nozim · Zizi Adel.

Academia: -omics · Annals of Science · Black Student Movement · Bharat Aggarwal · Charles Vacanti · Cloyd H. Marvin · Co-trainingLife Preserver.svg · Dry needling · Emad Alnemri · Evolution of nervous systems · Evolutionary neuroscience · Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 · Gonçalo Abecasis · Human evolution · Iomazenil · Jesse Bullowa · Joan Ruderman · Journal of Internal Medicine · Kohlschütter-Tönz syndrome · Lloyd Hartman Elliott · Mask of la Roche-Cotard · Melanie Lee · Open access publishing · Open peer review · Peer review · Robert Atkins (nutritionist) · Robert Tuttle Morris · Rudolf Amann · S. Blair Hedges · Sapienic acid · Sense About Science · Sex after pregnancy · Stigler's law of eponymy · Surgical scissors · Thomas H. Carroll · Thomas McKeown (physician) · Tom Rapoport · VDM Publishing · Viral culture · Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics · William Leap · William Mather Lewis · Wound licking.

Crime: Chris Paciello · Disappearance of Maura MurrayLife Preserver.svg · Gerald Friend · Internet homicideLife Preserver.svg · John Cannan · John Childs (murderer) · John Worboys · Jury tampering · Lawyers in Singapore · Mickey FeatherstoneLife Preserver.svg · Murder of Jeffrey Howe · Peter Righton · Richard Belmar · William Jacques · Yoshinori Watanabe.

Places: Cricklewood · Doueir · Hickory Ground · Jharia · Liahavichy CastleLife Preserver.svg · Marimallappa High School · Oldmeldrum · The Old Zoo · Railway town · Tourism in the Palestinian territories · Wanlip.

Sports and games: Benik AfobeLife Preserver.svg · Brian Anderson (skateboarder) · Draughts · The Game (mind game) · Horacio Esteves · John Evans (GAA manager) · José González (wrestler) · Marathon#Wheelchair division · Marco Polo (game) · Oliver Ford · Séamus Murphy · Shane Flanagan · Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse · Spud (game) · Tag (game) · Thumb war · Timmy O'Neill · Travis Lee (wrestler) · Wally Kirika · Willie Williams (athlete) · Word chain.

Business: David Abell (businessman) · Dermott Rowan · Eating your own dog food · First-e Group · Gem Spa · Hodge Jones & Allen · Hugh "Skip" McGee IIILife Preserver.svg · Loida Nicolas-Lewis · Lori Fena · Minipreço · Online vettingLife Preserver.svg · Pierre Lamond · R. Donahue Peebles · RealtyTracLife Preserver.svg · Robert L. Fornaro · Sarma Melngailis · Starbucks · Stephen Hinchliffe · Theranos · Vestergaard Frandsen · W H Grindley · Yong Wook Jun.

Other people: Alev Croutier · Andrew HaldaneLife Preserver.svg · Ann Jordan · Ann Jungman · Antonina Liedtke · Bow Sim Mark · Christopher Haase · Cynthia Heimel · Cyrus K. Bettis · Diane Kunz · Edward T. Barry · Greg Landau · Hervé Biausser · James A. Brander · James D. Robinson III · Jack Beatson · Janjua Rajput · Jeremy Cooke · Jon Entine · Lesley Gill · Lou D'Angeli · Lloyd Pye · Marianne Maderna · Mike Guzovsky · Patrick Reynolds (actor) · Peggy Noland · Richard Bausch · Sayed Hassan Amin · Tom Anderson · Wlodzimierz Ksiazek.

Categories: Category:Animal migration · Category:Astrobiologists · Category:Australian Labor Party · Category:Cystic fibrosis · Category:Fictional diaries · Category:Leaves · Category:Medicine and health in fiction · Category:Peer learning · Category:Peer-to-peer · Category:Political parties in the United Kingdom · Category:Raw foodism · Category:Space in fiction · Category:Water guns · Category:Water toys.

Miscellany: 1973 Paris Air Show crash · Abdomenizer · Anthrax hoaxes · Egg and chipsLife Preserver.svg · Cello scrotum · Daesun Jinrihoe · Dearne Advanced Learning Centre · Google Fast Flip · Google Sidewiki · Ham sandwich · Hamlin's Wizard Oil · Herman cake · Honda CR250M · Irene (ketch) · Kilroy was here · Like (Facebook) · Miscarriage · Moll DyerLife Preserver.svg · Oi (interjection) · Sex toy partyLife Preserver.svg · Star people (New Age belief) · StorifyLife Preserver.svg · Taejonggyo · Tongue rolling · Torture garden (fetish club) · Tough love · Triplophysa longipectoralis · Underwater basket weaving · War Before Civilization.

Wikipedia space: Five essays, Wikipedia:Articles for Deletion is not a war zone, Wikipedia:Signatures of living persons, Wikipedia:Our social policies are not a suicide pact, Wikipedia:Potentially unreliable sources, and Wikipedia:Reactions to... articles; a guideline, Wikipedia: Notability (events); and an information page, Wikipedia:Main Page history. Added several entries to Wikipedia:List of hoaxes on Wikipedia.

Imaginary friends[edit]

Tracey and Smoke encounter a dangerous wild animal

Smoke is an invisible dragon,[dubious - discuss] who will only communicate with Tracey Simmons, aged 3, and often acts to cause Simmons to get into trouble with her parents.[citation needed] Adults generally[who?] refuse to believe that Smoke exists, citing the non-existence of invisible dragons,[1] although Tracey's friends at nursery say they have heard Smoke. Scientists as yet are unable to explain the phenomenon.

See also[edit]

  1. ^ Sagan, Carl (1996). "The Dragon in My Garage". The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. Headline. ISBN 0747251568. 
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