If 60% agreement is not sufficient to approve a test, then it is time someone took important decisions out of the hands of (physical and intellectual) children and let the grownups take over.
When you put it all together, the story become clear: an outsider makes one edit to add a chunk of information, then insiders make several edits tweaking and reformatting it. In addition, insiders rack up thousands of edits doing things like changing the name of a category across the entire site — the kind of thing only insiders deeply care about. As a result, insiders account for the vast majority of the edits. But it’s the outsiders who provide nearly all of the content.
Wikipedia is an honor culture. Honor cultures are defined by anthropologists as cultures in which three conditions exist: 1. Lack of resources 2. Lack of an effective state, or law enforcement 3. Bad behavior goes un-punished and/or is rewarded. Typically honor cultures are places like Appalachia America (Hatfield and McCoys) or the Scottish Highlands. They are characterized by feuding and gangs. HC's also exist in inner city youth gangs. How is Wikipedia an honor culture? 1. Lack of resources. For any article, there is limited "real estate", there is only one article and everyone must fight over their contribution to it. 2. Lack of an effective state. For the most part, users are required to stick up for themselves - if someone wrongs you, you are expected to take action on your own. One normally can't just call up the police to resolve a dispute. 3. Bad behavior pays. For the most part, one can typically get away with a lot of Wikipedia by behaving badly when it pays to do so. Honor Cultures are violent prone places. They breed strife and conflict.
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