Good work pointone! manolo 21:32, 12 November 2009 (EST)
"Giving credit is not "pimping". Respect others and their contributions."
A quote from ArchWiki_Tutorial#Editing disagrees: "Articles should not be signed because they are shared works; one editor should not be singled out above others."
Seeing that there's no central authoritarian article dealing with these issues, and that the vast majority of contributions go unsigned, how does the new "pimping-clause" (dibs on the term) fit into or even consider the environment surrounding it?
Steps to be taken before the pimping-clause takes effect:
- Eradicate the note I quoted from ArchWiki_Tutorial#Editing, or make a distinction (with difference) between in-line code and other content, such as sentences preceding the code. In the process, go against the practices of many wikis, including Wikipedia, and alienate editors that shy away from signing their contributions.
- Establish some sort of criteria to decide when a paragraph or a chunk of code stops being the original. In the process, ignore how complicated this task really is. End up settling with something completely arbitrary like 50% code change == new code, and disregard that a 5% change could have a more significant influence on how and what the program does.
- Once it has been determined that the altered code is no longer the original, the content becomes authorless, like the vast majority of articles currently featured in the Arch Wiki.
- Notice that most articles with significant history and quality have thousands of edits by hundreds of editors, yet continue with the pretense that including a name is "attribution" and not "pimping".
- Since every edit is to have a signature to its right, alter the history interface so that it does not show the authors name besides the commit. Otherwise, you'd be imitating what the MediaWiki already does out of the box.
Finally, before all of this takes place, spread the conversation between the wiki talk pages and the forum, so that any attempt at communication involves opening 3 tabs of back and forth between casual contributors that react by impulse instead of studying the conditions of the wiki before reaching consensus.