User:Hansen128

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My name is no longer red Hansen128 (talk) July 24, 2021

My experience with RationalWiki so far:
Not bad but not great. I read a lot of the onboarding/help pages. I offered to help improve one of the articles that I’m passionate and knowledgeable on. I posted one essay and offered to post another. I asked on four separate occasions how to go about updating the article. I followed the instructions I was given as best I could. At the end of the day my edits were labeled as whitewashing. I don’t know what that means. The article as it stood was factually incorrect. I won’t say that my edits were “the bees knees” but at least they were factually correct. If there was anything I could have done to improve my effectiveness the community was welcome to help steer me on the right path. Instead of steering me in the right direction I felt some degree of friction. I’m not sure if there’s intellectual materialism over this topic specifically or if there’s a desire to maintain a cynical tone in articles as a whole or if something else is limiting progress. The fact that there were many contributors to the article seemed to be more important than the article being accurate. That strikes me as kind of lazy for a site claiming to be rational. The article is probably still inaccurate and I’m still open to helping with it. Unfortunately I can only assist with improvements to the extent that the community assists the authors in making changes.
To add insult to injury, the watchlist functionality within RationalWiki doesn’t work. I didn’t even realize it at first. So unless you’re visiting RationalWiki on a regular basis, which I’m guessing that most members aren’t, then you wouldn’t be aware of discussions or written changes that are happening. That’s sort of exclusionary by nature. Of course the problem with this is that it could lead to an echo chamber affect on the site, further weakening the ability to achieve the first four missions of RationalWiki. Hansen128 (talk) 22:38, 10 December 2021 (UTC)