On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Ian Woollard <ian.woollard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 27/08/2010, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
Wikipedia needs competitors.
Realistically, the space that Wikipedia occupies seems to be a more or
less a natural monopoly.
And Wikipedia doesn't even make money per se, so why would anyone even
want to be a competitor to it? There's no market. A market is where
people pay for stuff.
Wikipedia doesn't make money by choice. But remember there are many
ways we *could* make money. For example, if we had switched to a
CC-NC, there are all the licensing fees we could have charged. (And
the Foundation makes money even with CC-SA - although I don't remember
how much it charges Ask.com
and others for the live feed of
revisions.) And the most obvious way to monetize Wikipedia is
advertising, and that has been estimated at millions a month (a quick
Google turns up http://www.watchmojo.com/web/blog/?p=626
~50 million USD a month - in 2006).
It's not like Wikipedia is abusing its monopoly
power. Is it?
Depends on how you interpret the existence of Wikias like Memory Alpha
or Wookieepedia. There is a case to be made that they exist only
because we have abused our powers to excise their content from
Wikipedia, forcing them to resort to their own sites (a very