CZ Talk:Maintainability

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What does this mean for CZ?

Put simply, does this mean that the scope of Citizendium covers fewer articles than wikipedia? If so, out of the 1m or so articles on wikipedia, could you give a feel for how many should be covered on Citizendium? 1 in 10? 1 in 100? Andrew Turvey 17:39, 8 April 2007 (CDT)

Some articles in any encyclopedia are static in nature, they are usually on a smaller topic or less notable topic. Since all edits to an article are documented, and dated, a reader can see when the information was current. Even if the article has not been "maintained" it could still be of interest to a reader. If these articles are deleted then they should go into some sort of tombs or into another segment of CZ for example name - date of last edit . Someday CZ may have enough authors to document every local school, every county, who knows. I know that when it starts to have that depth, with editing controls, then CZ will be the reference source. Robert Winmill 08:19, 11 May 2007 (CDT)
I think that merging several small articles that treat more or less the same subject increases maintainability. Andries 06:14, 28 May 2007 (CDT)

Cook County, Illinois

Hi all, I happened to follow a link here from the

and thought I'd chime in.

I tend to want to disagree with the idea that "we should not write an article about a county in Connecticut unless we can write articles about all counties in the United States; and so forth.". What about Cook County, IL? Cook County is the home of Chicago and some surrounding suburbs, two international airports and soooo many other things, I'm not even going to start listing them. I'll leave that for another author. But I contend Cook County could easily be a fine CZ article, and so could one for many other counties.

Why would we need to be able to have an article for every county in order to have one for Cook County? It doesn't make sense to me. An article about Stephen King is ok but we don't require one for Tabitha King...both authors, and they're even married! Just my opinion...--David Yamakuchi 00:03, 23 January 2008 (CST)

Good point. Stephen Ewen 00:37, 23 January 2008 (CST)
Well, this is in keeping with the policy: there is a more specific description we can give of the sort of county we're talking about: one with a population above X, or ones with major cities, etc. The question is whether there is any sensible, non-ad hoc description of a type of article that we can (in the fullness of time) expect to complete a full set of. Re Cook County, Illinois, surely. --Larry Sanger 13:19, 23 January 2008 (CST)


Can this page be archived somewhere, or at least the old policy copied and pasted to this Talk page? John Stephenson 07:32, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

It certainly can. Please do. Johan A. Förberg 23:22, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
This certainly should be done. We are thinking about how to restructure the CZ namespace and how to archive outdated versions somewhere. It will take time, though. --Peter Schmitt 23:46, 7 December 2010 (UTC)