SL is not Wikipedia
It is useful to draw comparisons between Senseiís Library and Wikipedia ( ) ó particularly to point up the significant differences. Both sites are wikis; both are relatively open communities in which anyone can contribute without needing to register first; however, there are important differences in their aims and approaches.
Visitors to Senseiís Library sometimes try to apply Wikipedia rules and concepts here, with mixed results. Here are some of the characteristics and conventions of Wikipedia that do not necessarily apply Senseiís Library:
|Aspect||Wikipedia approach||Senseiís Library approach|
|Intent||To be an encyclopedia.||To be a library.|
|Characteristics||Wikipedia aims to be objective, reliable and consistent.||Senseiís Library plays a dual role as a collection of articles of various sorts and a community centre; it is more diverse than Wikipedia.|
|Regulation||Wikipedia operates according to strict guidelines.||We are less strict than Wikipedia; we do not have a clear and comprehensive statement of what is allowed here (but the links at the bottom of this page contain some ideas).|
|Point of view|| Neutral point of view|
Wikipedia and its editors themselves does not express an opinion of their own, though they may report opinions stated by others.
Here, many contributions reflect somebodyís personal opinion, and this is welcomed, though it is recommended that opinions are clearly marked as such. There are many aspects of how to play go on which even professionals disagree; it is difficult to find ďobjective truthĒ for this subject. Apart from the technical side of go playing, Senseiís Library also contains opinions on many other topics.
|Verifiability|| Verifiability |
At Wikipedia, all contributions should in principle be justified by reference to publications elsewhere.
Given the current small size of the English-language go literature, this policy is not feasible at Senseiís Library. Many pages consist of someoneís best guess, or a consensus amongst Senseiís Library contributors.
|Originality|| No original research |
Wikipedia, like many printed encyclopedias, largely summarises work published elsewhere.
ďOriginal researchĒ may seem like too grand a name for some of the discussions here, but there is a lot of material that can not be found elsewhere.
The page Wiki Wiki Web states:
- In addition to being quick, Senseiís Library also aspires to Zen ideals generally labelled wabi-sabi. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, thatís all you need.
Senseiís Library certainly is imperfect in many respects (and this has provoked a lot of discussion ó see the links below), but trying to ďfixĒ those imperfections by means of strict rules would cause a fundamental change in the nature of the site.