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There are numerous discontented users, and former users, of Wikipedia, who have repeatedly claimed that Wikipedia offers very little incentive for editors who wish to contribute to expert topics. This page contains links to pages of users who are discontented for fundamentally similar reasons, along with discussion of what (if anything) might be done.
Users who have given clear statements of what they are unhappy about
Those who are still active on Wikipedia
- Francesco Franco aka Lacatosias
- Bmorton3, Dr. Brian Morton, professor of psychology at Indiana State University
- user:jkelly, an admin
- Timothy J Scriven
- Middle 8
Users who are disaffected for different reasons
It was predictable this page would attract editors who have disgruntled for different reasons than the ones I am interested in (namely fed up with edit creep, and fed up with lone cranks or crank subculture vandalism). This list is for user page links where reason for discontent could not be established.
- User:Terryeo My reason I'm thinking of leaving is because I'm an expert editor in Scientology, relative to the Scientology-critical editors who control the articles. My gripe is they run their own Scientology-critical websites, publish Scientology-critical essays on them, cite those and cite their own newsgroup postings, etc. etc. etc. So that's my expertise and my reason for not working harder for good wikipedia articles. A group of Scientology-critical editors consistently inflame discussion and introduce their POV rather than a neutral POV. And the reason I post this extensive reason is because of the misleading statement just below my statement. Terryeo 13:33, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
There is no evidence I can find that this user has left for the reasons I cite. Details here Wikipedia:Requests_for_arbitration/Terryeo/Evidence#Removal_of_references_for_POV_reasons
- Jon Awbrey is e-live and living a distributed x-istance at:
Inquiry Project Inquiry Archive Textop Home Textop Talk Wikinfo Home Wikinfo Talk Wikipedia Home Wikipedia Talk Elsewhere! WEEE! MOPA Round MOTA City
JA: B there ∨ B2 !!! Jon Awbrey 18:12, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Links documenting "expert frustration"
Some links where contributions from (alleged) subject-matter experts, who consider their contributions to be authoritative, have been reverted or met with resistance by editors who may lack expertise in the subject matter (or in some cases, who may be pushing "crank" theories).
- Talk:Consciousness/Archive02#Oh_Lord.... Consciousness is understood as a symbiosis (interaction) of Mind and Information.
- Controversy over Cantor. Cantor was wrong.
- Talk:Uranium trioxide/Archive 3#Thermodynamics One amateur, in consultation with an outside expert "holds out against a team of PhD's."
- Talk:Albert_Einstein#Reverted_without_comment Einstein argued that time is pseudo-directional.
- Talk:History_of_the_Internet/Archive_2#Erroneous_edits - An amateur editor inserts his own original research - but knows so little of the subject that he introduces a host of errors.