Mon 28th June 2010, 10:00pm
QUOTE(radek @ Sat 9th January 2010, 6:33am)
This is way old and way off topic but I've been noticing the header that "The German wikipedia is broken" ever since I showed up here and have always have had an itch to say...
... maybe, but it's better than English Wikipedia in many respects. (Degree of brokeness?)
On articles related to Poland and Germany I'd trust a German Wiki article over a English Wiki one anyday, even if I have to throw the former into a Google translator. In fact when faced with some obnoxious POV pushing in this area, the first place I go to is German Wiki, Google translator and all, to see where I'm being lied too or to find the relevant sources.
I really really wish that English Wiki could become more like German Wiki in this particular regard. I don't quite understand the psychology involved, or perhaps the Wiki-rules developed there work better, but it just seems like on German Wiki you got normal people writing normal articles about controversial subjects, whereas on English Wiki we get the "crazy" tail-end of the distribution. On German Wiki, there's folks who keep a check on the nutzoids there. On EN wiki the topic becomes esoteric enough, that the only editors involved are the wackos and the Polish editors who take it personally (and sometimes overreact).
Replacing every single Polish-German En Wiki article by its German Wiki google translation, bad grammar, awkward idioms, mistranslations and all, would still probably be a net improvement to En Wiki article quality.
So this is just to say Cheers to the editors of German Wikipedia. You've done a better job than you think.
: both polish n german wikipedias have their own rules, way too many things reverted, nothing good!