QUOTE(Neil @ Thu 24th April 2008, 9:39am)
QUOTE(Proabivouac @ Thu 24th April 2008, 1:58pm)
...2) yes, it degrades the brand.
2) Only if you're operating on the assumption Wikipedia is completed...
I don't see how that follows logically at all. Of course Wikipedia is a "brand," and all brands can be degraded by poor quality, not matter what state any products under the brand are currently in.
If I release version 4.0 of a software program, and it has a bunch of new bugs in it, and people start griping about the new bugs, do I get to say "those bugs don't count" just because I know in advance that I'm eventually going to release version 4.1, or 5.0? Of course not - the need for quality control in the real world applies to anything you put your name on and make available.
WP may not adhere to those kinds of quality-assurance standards, or even act like they exist... but that's because the labor and the product is free, it lacks any kind of pre-publication review process, and above all, nobody is accountable. It's not because the whole thing isn't "finished."