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Don't change a winning formula

JMatazzoni (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Wikipedia's success is famously improbable. Why does it work? IMO, it has a lot to do with the "pillars" of Notability, Verifiability and Neutrality. Why do I feel the need to say this? Because a number of the "Key Comments" on the previous page seem to question the importance of these principles:

  • "Some editors suggested that their communities could try softening some of the policies...."
  • "...emphasis on the policies can be counterproductive.....".
  • "... increased emphasis on the policies might drive away social changers..."

There might be many areas where these ideas are valuable. But I would submit that they don't apply to finding #8, which deals specifically with core concepts. I would not be in favor of a position which suggested that Wikipedians should "soften" their focus on verifiability or notability. Don't change a winning formula.

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