The latest chapter of the Free Culture group has been most unexpected, and simultaneously illuminating and frustrating.
Since the class has been following our drama, I will not go into details with preliminaries. Suffice it to say that we have encountered even more disruption with our assignment.
Over the past 48 hours, our site administrator has advised us that since another contributor has made significant contributions that have “markedly improved” the site, we might consider joining him and working ot push the article to featured article status, or try finding another article.
Wait?! The nerve!
Ordinarily, I would willingly agree that a first contribution should be respected treated with care. The problem here is that the work in question seems (to me) to be questionable, at best. The use of giant block quotes seems whole-heartedly to contradict the purpose and protocol of wiki work.
No doubt that we have learned a lesson about wiki-dom. We were potentially headed on a wiki-war path. We carefully followed wiki-etiquette to engage this contributor and to seek attention and counsel from those with wiki-wisdom. It comes as a great surprise that we have not prevailed, and more unexpectedly, that the contribution in question, contrary to our appraisal, is being praised for its merit.
Free Culture is a very impactful work that we are fortunate to have engaged. We each have put a good deal of time, effort, and interest into researching and preparing contributions (under construction).
This bites. What next??