Least Recent Changes

With the advent of RecentChanges, many visitors to the wiki, and many long-time residents, have focused on the most recent edits and ignored, or not been aware of, the wealth of information lying untouched and unseen for years.

Further, some of the forgotten pages would benefit from being linked to by some of the newer material, and vice versa.

The idea, then, is to list the pages which have gone unchanged for the longest time. The problem remains:

Once found, what do we do?

The intent is to make this wiki better, so every action should have that in mind. Editing a page simply for the sake of editing it is clearly wrong. Deleting a page simply because it's old is clearly wrong.

Judgement must be exercised, actions executed with care. Not every page needs to be touched. Possible actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Page linked to and from
  2. Category added
  3. Page trimmed, edited and tidied
  4. Page deleted
  5. PAGE LEFT ALONE
    • Please don't forget this one - it's a very real option.

The original discussion remains below, untouched. Please make edits in the light of the above summary, and enhance the above into DocumentMode.

Thank you.

-- WikiGnome


It would need to take into account merit somehow - perhaps ratio of total changes against time since last change. On the grounds that something of so much interest back then might have some interest now.

There's a quotation on the DeadPoetsSociety page about trying to use formulae to derive a measure of "merit" ...
No, this is perfectly simple and adequate. Things will stay on the LeastRecentChanges list, or else get deleted as useless, or else get changed and go to RecentChanges. Merit is irrelevant.

(From DeathByPerfection)


The illusion that all pages are still fresh is a DeceptivePractice. -- from TemporalContext at MeatBall

Unfortunately more often than not, pages have UseByDate. And Pages that have passed their UsedByDate? are a WikiSmell. If WikiZens do not fix up WikiSmells, then it will snowball until the ' WholeWikiSmells .

We do not have evergrowing number of WikiZens to check for WikiSmells. And therefore we cannot support an infinitely growing wiki. -- DavidLiu (NotaDeleteVulture)


Do we have a script that will retrieve last change date for all pages? If not...

We can get 30 people together to examine all pages that exist, we can get a list of pages that have not been touched over 5 years.

Within this list there will be huge opportunities for deleting pages with minimal controversy. And improve OnTopic pages with dead information as well.

I am concerned that people will regard a page as meritless simply because it's been around for a long time. Some of the oldest, longest untouched pages are in fact the most valuable. Certainly some of the most recent pages are effectively contentless.
See LeastRecentChangesLists

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