Wikipedia talk:Arguments to avoid on discussion pages

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Solution in search of a problem[edit]

I just added "Solution in search of a problem" which appears frequently on policy discussions. The text I added is largely based on User:Gigs great comment at Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Revisiting past proposal – Viewdelete user right. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 15:36, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

I've removed it, per Stifle's reply on that page and because it is quite valid to state this. ansh666 21:48, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

“Too much work”[edit]

Should an argument like “too much work”/“too tedious” be included here? If it already is (or if it’s somewhere else), I can’t find it. Rationale would be similar to WP:NOEFFORT: the project is collaborative, and no one person is required to do all the work necessary to implement a given proposal. — (talk) 17:22, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Although Wikipedia is a collaborative project with many volunteers, there are no assigned tasks and the volunteers may not work on what you think they should. I've seen editors create or suggest vast projects which tend to get pretty much abandoned when the proposer loses interest and moves on to other things. Often these massive projects, while interesting or even potentially useful, tend not to really fit with the core mission of being an encyclopedia. Sometimes these ideas find new life as a Wikia or another website entirely. Sometimes "too much work" really translates to "cool idea, but you're probably not going to follow through with it" and they're just trying to be diplomatic. Andrew Lenahan - Starblind 00:22, 22 May 2015 (UTC)