Talk:Wikipedia metadata management
Concerning the "user classes" you listed, keep in mind that we will introduce a "stable" article namespace at some point. There might arise the need for a "user class" between "editor" and "consumer", some "specialist" category, to (somehow) approve wikipedia articles into that namespace. --Magnus Manske
Magnus - I'm using the concept of "user classes" purely as a means of organising my thoughts around what information resources are needed by users at any one time. This usage differs from the traditional IT perspective, which relates user classes to "rights and privileges". At the moment, everyone can perform activities related to all user classes - we can link pages to "Page titles to be deleted" which is an admin role, we can contribute to policy discussions (a management role). Conducting a "management activity" is a completely separate concept from "being management".
For my benefit, and from a functional perpective, what different actions could the "approvers" perform? Manning Bartlett
My suggestion (we did discuss the matter, but we didn't really decide on it) was to have an "approval" and a "stable" namespace. Many people (e.g., every logged-in user) can advance any article to the "approval" namespace. The "approvers" (a few "specialists") then decide about these articles to be either approved to the "stable" namespace, or not. --Magnus Manske
Hey, Manning, this is interesting, but it isn't what I was asking about. :-) The issues weren't about metadata about Wikipedia the project, which is already well-enough organized for now, I guess. The issues were about metadata about individual Wikipedia articles. Should we keep track of authors? Must we keep track of authors? Etc. There are many other issues. --Larry_Sanger