Proposal talk:Describe how stuff works

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When I think of the task the knowledge of mankind in general to make available immediately reminds me a problem. And although I noticed that most of human knowledge from the experiences of the results they have done, and you are on a sort of pass for which there is now no storage platform.
My example, I would like to clarify on a spade. Many of them have ever used, but hardly anyone could produce themselves. And here emerges the problem. The knowledge of a spade is built in a few people who may no longer exist. Let's say an engineer has in the 30s for a press Spatenstich profiles designed and built, and this press has been so robust that the spades are still producing. As we come to new spades then if we have to start from 0. Where can I read what wood is best used for the stem? How is this produced. And if it is produced on a lathe as it produces these pins to ensure that the nuts do not solve the lathes together hold?
I'm looking for a platform that describes the processes of doing things emerge which surround us everyday, we do not know how they arise.

Please clarify

Is this a proposal for an attempt to content merge with ? If so, I support it as a high-priority, high-impact, medium-feasibility project. I never understood the support for [[WP:NOTHOW]]. Please see also -- Thank you. 18:41, 14 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I also don't see what's wrong with explaining how things work and how knowledge was figured out. I think it would be a great idea because Wikipedia articles on technical topics seem to assume a high level of knowledge. Wikipedia could only benefit from explanations about how various design decisions were made. Gary2863 22:16, 1 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I reject this proposal

If we tell the community that "how-to"s are allowed we'll end up with a tremendous amount of cruft across huge numbers of articles. How to change a carburettor, how to change your oil, how to change a tire and that's just three I could think of for car related articles. This proposal would put is into a nightmare scenario. --Bodnotbod 18:00, 18 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

<Shrug> What's wrong with it? I for one wouldn't mind having one of the sites tell me exactly that. -- Philippe 18:03, 18 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply] ??? 02:08, 22 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm not hearing 'how-to' as much as 'how it works', or 'how it's made', maybe one of the other namespaces meets this need already, but as a repository for human knowledge - especially for human-made devices, detailing further the steps to make them


Some proposals will have massive impact on end-users, including non-editors. Some will have minimal impact. What will be the impact of this proposal on our end-users? -- Philippe 00:08, 3 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello, we already have a project for how-to documentation and textbooks called Wikibooks. Please find the German project at Mike.lifeguard | @meta 05:08, 9 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good response, can we mark this proposal as done? WereSpielChequers 16:35, 18 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]