Editors is a dumb name

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Auggie
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Editors is a dumb name

Post by Auggie » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:31 am

I can't come up with anything better though.

Content generators? too long

timewasters? too judgemental

wikipedians? too many syllables.

Proabivouac
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Re: Editors is a dumb name

Post by Proabivouac » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:54 am

Auggie wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:31 am
I can't come up with anything better though.

Content generators? too long

timewasters? too judgemental

wikipedians? too many syllables.
The accurate term would seem to be contributors. Though it's true that contributors can act as editors, if there were no contributions there would be nothing to edit. As much as we might despise or feel contempt for Wikipedophiles, it's important to remember that in a just world the WMF would have to pay them for their participation and content.

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Re: Editors is a dumb name

Post by Renée Bagslint » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:54 am

I have been using "contributor" for rather a long time now. It emphasises the fact that they are giving stuff to the WMF for free and getting next to nothing in return,

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Re: Editors is a dumb name

Post by Proabivouac » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:55 am

Renée Bagslint wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:54 am
I have been using "contributor" for rather a long time now. It emphasises the fact that they are giving stuff to the WMF for free and getting next to nothing in return,
Banning Wikipedia from soliciting and accepting volunteer labor might well be the best possible reform. That and banning commons licenses, but they would surely do that on their own if they had to finance the creation of the content.

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Re: Editors is a dumb name

Post by Dysklyver » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:29 am

I quite like contributor, which is a common term in foss projects.

There are quite a few names in use;

user
editor
volunteer
Wikipedian
person

or, for some roles;

admin
arb
vandal
sock
crat
reviewer
pagemover

and, or the less polite;

troll
idiot
inane dingbat
LTA
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Re: Editors is a dumb name

Post by sashi » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:56 pm

Articles is a dumb name too. It should be "entries".

As for "contributors", I've also heard "sucks".

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