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On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> Wil Sinclair wrote:
>>Hi all, I've started a new wiki called Offwiki: http://offwiki.org.
>>Our community discusses potential changes to Wikipedia and its
>>Wikimedia sister projects that aren't easily discussed in forums like
>>this mailing list. We also try new ideas that we hope will be adopted
>>on-wiki- both social and technical in nature.
> Welcome back!
> I enjoyed the utensil analogy on the main page. It's very cute. :-)
> Spoon: If Offwiki were common cutlery, it would be a spoon. It's
> not a knife, because we don't make our points here by hurting Wikipedia
> or other Wikipedia-related sites. And it's not a fork, because we're
> here to build a better encyclopedia by making Wikipedia itself better.
> I also applaud the effort in setting up your own MediaWiki installation.
> MediaWiki is a neat platform; it can be a bit brutish at times, but it has
> a lot of nice features, including a decent support structure and a vibrant
> development community behind it.
We have had a number (not enough!) of Wikimedia (usually Wikipedia,
and typically English Wikipedia) discussion sites, but has there been
any previous ones that have used mediawiki? That is, other than
IMO it is unfortunate that Wil didnt hasnt made more use of Meta, and
I am curious what the reasoning behind that decision was. There are
very few people banned from Meta, thought it does happen occasionally
and is usually reversed if they can behave.
I am also very curious about who came up with the Offwiki term 'Flounder'.
To me it feels like a very nasty slur against Jimmy Wales.
Also, will Offwiki be multilingual? Does it intend to cover projects
other than English Wikipedia? If not, it isnt very relevant to the
wikimedia-l list, but is of course relevant to wikien-l which I have
cc:d which appears to be its primary focus.