Guessing The Teacher's Password

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On duplicating blog content verbatim

If some text on the wiki is horrible, then of course that's important and needs to be fixed, but it seems like a bad policy to have pages that are strictly verbatim quotes from Eliezer-posts. The purpose of the wiki is to summarize key concepts from the OB/LW canon, so that we have something to show other than, "Go read everything Eliezer's ever written." If we have to duplicate too much blog comment verbatim, there's not much point in having a wiki. Hence my recent rollback of Peerinfinity's rollback. Zack M. Davis 02:34, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

But what if Eliezer's words already are the best summary? Why change them just for the sake of not quoting him directly? --PeerInfinity 03:21, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

For the same reason that "guessing the teacher's password" is a problem in conventional schools. The ideas are what's important, and the ideas shouldn't be so dependent on any one canonical phrasing. I would guess that hitting the same material from slightly different angles assists in learning it deeply. Furthermore, wiki articles should be concise, leaving the extended exposition to the full blogposts. --Zack M. Davis 04:11, 23 October 2009 (UTC)