A group of editors on Wikipedia, the free user-generated encyclopedia, has voted against classifying nonfungible tokens (NFT) as a form of art and has come to a consensus to shelve the issue until a later date.
A survey and debate started on the platform at the end of December revolving around the most expensive art sales by living artists and whether NFT art sales should be deemed as “art sales” or “NFT sales.”
“Wikipedia really can’t be in the business of deciding what counts as art or not, which is why putting NFTs, art or not, in their own list makes things a lot simpler,” editor “jonas” wrote.
Much of the discussion centered on whether an NFT represented the art or if it was simply a token that was separate from the underlying art. The editors were torn on the definitions, and some felt that there was a lack of reliable information to conclude from.
A call for votes found five editors opposed to including NFTs in art sales and just one in support. A consensus was made on Wednesday to remove sales, such as Pak’s NFT collection that fetched $91 million and Beeple’s $69-million NFT, from the top art sales list and reopen the discussion at a later date.
The decision seems contentious when looking at Beeple’s “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” NFT in particular, which depicts a collage of original artworks from a renowned digital artist that sold at the prestigious Christie’s art auction house last year in March. The New York Times also described Beeple as the “third highest selling artist” alive at the time.
According to Wikipedia’s guidelines, neither unanimity nor a vote is required to form a consensus. To reach a decision, the consensus must factor in all participating editor’s legitimate concerns that fall within the platform’s policies.
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However, the consensus position didn’t go down well with the sole NFT supporting editor “Pmmccurdy,” who argued:
“How can we have a consensus when, from the start, I have argued in support…..