Archive for March 2010
- China, 1.3 gigacitizens
geographic single-party “people’s republic”, president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao
- India, 1.2 gigacitizens
geographic federal republic/parliamentary democracy, prime minister Manmohan Singh
- Facebook, 400+ megacitizens
networked-membership corporate principality, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg
- United States, 308 megacitizens
geographic federal constitutional presidential republic, president Barack Obama
- Indonesia, 231 megacitizens
geographic presidential republic, president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Good luck, Mark!
!#@!@^% deletionists are ruining Wikipedia. They’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.
But what can we radical inclusionists do in the meantime?
The articles that do survive deletionism are useful, and important. Wikipedia remains a cultural treasure. So, the proper response to deletionism is not to boycott or withdraw from Wikipedia, but offer qualified support of the common base, all the while preparing for the eventual, inevitable, glorious inclusionist fork.
There’s been talk before of such forks, but none has yet taken off. A fork won’t happen tomorrow, and maybe not even next year. But that’s OK; inclusionist consciousness needs to spread. Eventually there will be far more contributors stung by deletionist wikilawyering than deletionists themselves, and then the time will be right.
The current generation of deletionists are but a transition phase, still hung up on Britannica-like definitions of ‘notability’ and ‘encyclopedic’.
The “sum of all human knowledge” will not contain deletionism, it will transcend deletionism. We will not bother to denounce it, we’ll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
Deletionists, we will bury you.