by user Dangerousnerd
Just about everyone agrees that wikis are good things. People create, others edit and in the end the world is a little bit better place. (Well, at least the information is.) This new technology is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used to almost unimaginable extents, creating amazing repositories of information such as the venerable Wikipedia. Wikipedia is amazing in its simplicity. Anyone can add, anyone can edit and people fix errors made by other people. And above all this is the single most important guideline: Neutral Point of View. The WP:NPOV is a "fundamental Wikipedia principle" and, according to Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, NPOV is "absolute and non-negotiable." This guideline is essential to an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia so that facts remains facts and not inventions or opinions of the author.
In Politics.Wikia, though, this guideline is moot. NPOV is opposite to what the community is trying to foster here. This is a place for open discussion about the issues that are most important to us. The opinions discussed here are just that: opinions. The very ideas that have no place in Wikipedia are left to thrive and multiply and interact among their peers here. This raises certain problems, though.
Recently, a scandal of sort swept through the internet. It had come out that Microsoft was paying people to change Wikipedia articles to reflect favorably upon the company (Source). This, of course, violates the WP:NPOV, but also sheds a bad light on the entire Wikipedia project. If Microsoft can change the articles, then how can one trust any of the articles?
One can expect the same thing here, on Politics.Wikia, once it gains any steam and the world begins to pay attention to it. Here, though, these posts will be a little more problematic. One can argue that an "opinion" sponsored by the Republican National Party is just that. But, how are we to know the true source of the comments? Should we be required to pronounce any afflictions we have so that we are above suspicion of taking "dirty money"? Or is it simply another opinion?