PortlandWiki talk:Facets

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So, I would normally just edit the proposed policy - but that doesn't seem to be the requested action, so I will discuss here :-) ~~ MarkDilley


Hey, this seems like a cool possibility. (And I'm honored by the link to my blog post!) Without having great wiki-troll experience, I have two speculations:

  • The most highly motivated users are the ones most likely to troll. And they're also the ones who are going to take the time to figure out how to edit the main body of a wiki page.
  • Maybe I don't see the grand vision clearly, but it seems to me that "facets" wouldn't be super-valuable to readers. I actually think Wikipedia is great at summarizing both sides of a given controversy, but that's because the "for" and "against" cases have both been honed to a sheen by multiple users. As a reader, I use wikis for quick reference; if I encounter a bunch of different "facets," I'm going to be overwhelmed by the options and probably not read any of them. Highly motivated trolls will know this instinctively, and will still be drawn into edit wars over the body of the story, where the eyeballs and the power are.

Those are just hunches. I do think this has potential as a way of telling casual troublemakers "you guys go play over here, please." MichaelAndersen (talk) 05:17, 20 February 2010 (UTC)