Comment 2H1 Re: My opinion


Is Wikipedia just as good when the articles are written by a script?


My opinion (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-07-15 21:51 (#2GZ)

is it better Wikipedia lack articles that humans can't or won't write?
Yes. As long as it's properly cited (not that many people look anyway) it's easier access to information. A starting point for further research.
Can robot-written articles be trusted?
No more or less than any other article. There are many reasons articles shouldn't be trusted, including paid editors, people with biased views, people with out of date information.. etc. You shouldn't take anything at face value, that's what citations and research are for.
Should they be labeled and approved?
Maybe the accounts should be labeled like payed editors are now supposed to be now. I don't see why they need more approval than a "real" person. If you find out a bot has reoccurring problems, ban it 'til it's fixed. Reverting and deleting isn't a major issue.
And lastly: is all this work even worth it in the first place? Do these bot-written articles even add any value to everyone's favorite information site?
The authors must believe it is worth it. You can't stop it. If people want to they will find a way to flood Wikipedia with whatever articles they want. By trying to limit them you will only inconvenience "real" users.

Re: My opinion (Score: 1)

by on 2014-07-16 10:27 (#2H1)

I agree with most of what you are saying, but I would like to add another point.

While it is true that you can't stop people from doing this, I am somewhat concerned that resources are spent (disk space, processing time etc.) on article stubs that hardly anyone is ever going to miss. Yes, the cited example of some obscure philipene fishing village that nobody would have known about otherwise is a very fine anecdote, but it's no more than that.

ow many of the other fishing village stubs are ever going to be looked up by anyone ever? Wikipedia is always asking for more money, is it really worthwhile to spend a lot of resources (8.5 % af all articles is not nothing) on this stuff?

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