Dave Winer’s right, the Wikipedia’s article on RSS is a crock. Dave’s gripe is that it’s “highly political”, mine is that it’s just wrong: for example, the introductory bit suggests that full-content feeds are impossible. Also, it’s badly-organized. Dave’s problem is going to be harder to address because RSS itself is highly political; but at least the political narrative should be coherent. Anyhow, it would be nice if someone level-headed were to take responsibility for it. I currently ride herd on two or three other articles and that’s all my Wikipedia cycles. It’s not as hard as you might think, and here’s why: the kinds of people who want to put stupid, irrelevant, badly-written junk in the Wikipedia in my experience are easily discouraged. Just hang in, keep on fixing things they break and explaining why in a calm tone of voice on the Discussion page, and pretty soon they go away.


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