posted on Sep, 14 2008 @ 02:53 PM
I noticed these recently added article stubs about the various continents, and also noticed that they seem to generally be suggested to be removed.
While I definitely agree that the stubs aren't necessarily neither well thought through nor well written, I'm not sure my view is that the pages
need to be deleted outright. Definitely some stub and fix banners should be placed on those, but I get to thinking in terms of what might apply to
tinWiki's area of focus, and of how a wiki works.
The problem with the stubs is, as I see it, not that Australia, South America and Asia don't apply to tinWiki's area of focus, but that the articles
can seem to take just a general focus and talk about geography and that sort of thing. tinWiki is not Wikipedia, and is not a general encyclopedia.
But I do believe lots of things that tinWiki is exactly about, relate fairly heavily, and in a number of ways, to these continents. That doesn't mean
that long geography articles have any place in tinWiki, but it might mean that correctly focused and appropriately sized articles are perhaps
warranted for these geography related topics; South America, for example, is home to very interesting history and mythology that has a lot to do with
several of the topics that are right in tinWiki's center of attention, and so, from that point of view, I do think it might be nice to be able to
point to an article that breifly describes what this continent is, perhaps with some maps and pictures and a little history presentation, and a short
list of the tinWiki type issues that relate to that continent.
As I see it, the only important thing is to build from the core, to keep and maintain the focus and core that tinWiki is supposed to have. It's
possible to 'scale' the same type of encyclopedia, like that, so that a tinWiki with ten articles can be recognized as the same, good old tinWiki
when it has 10,000 articles.
Things can change, even if it's at the same place, has the same name, and the same size. Things can change if they move, change name and change size.
But things can also stay true, as they say, to what they are even if they grow considerably. That's what I myself wish to see happen to tinWiki. I
want there to be 10,000 articles or more, and that tinWiki, still, keeps being precisely tinWiki. That means keeping the focus, the 'formula', and,
while keeping that same perspective and focus and area of interest, growing and growing from the one, true 'center' of tinWiki. Then, when tinWiki
has all these thousands of articles, will tinWiki still not be, or want to be, any wannabe mini Wikipedia, but will be tinWiki, and as tinWiki it
will, I'm pretty sure, have lots of articles whose topics it will have been discovered along the way are actually related to UFOs, lost
civilizations, secret societies, conspiracy theories, and all those 'unknown' type topics that I'd say are like one of those ice bergs that are 90%
below the surface, in the sense that these topics aren't very visible in everyday society or in the media, but that these topics are in reallity a
much more relevant part of what affects humans and what humans are faced with in various ways, than what one would think from the amount of attention
these topics get in everyday life. The unknown is, of course, by definition outside of that which most people like to focus very much on, but that
doesn't mean these topics are small and insignificant, it may just mean that the present knowledge is somewhat small.
Anyway, I think that articles shouldn't be present if their very topic at the present will move tinWiki's balance as an encyclopedia away from what
it is supposed to be, or should be written in ways that in that same way drag and tilt focus and attention elsewhere than what tinWiki is about. I'm
not really sure whether these continent stubs do that right now. Can anyone see any way to 'tinWiki-fy' their content?...
These are just some thoughts, anyway, and the thoughts are perhaps just as much about the general topic of size, or number of articles, and focus, in
general, as they are about the specific article stubs in question.
edit: spelling in the title...
[edit on 14-9-2008 by Optimist]