David Gerard notes that on wikien there are many such essays; and I
believe there are also quite a number on de:wp. Are there any efforts
to gathering/organizing these essays, similar to efforts to organize
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From: SJ <2.718281828(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sep 5, 2006 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Essays on the future of the projects
On 9/5/06, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 05/09/06, SJ <2.718281828(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Aaron Swartz has started a series of such essays.
The latest one
suggests something I have long suspected, that the huge body of new
and anonymous contributors, who often make the first serious stab at
an article or provide a needed injection of expertise, are as
important to the 'pedias development (if not more so) than the core of
Greg Maxwell is sceptical of the numbers (since Aaron doesn't give
methodology); since Greg is very good at running interesting numbers
on the database, I've suggested to each that they contact the other.
It's been a long-standing debate without numbers; hopefully we can
throw data into the mix now. I know Greg and Aaron were
Is anyone else
writing long essays these days? Where are they kept,
and how categorized?
Probably and nowhere I can think of, but they should!
Indeed. It's a shame that some of the good long essays in recent
memory are written off-wiki, in places where they can't be improved
over time (even if it is a public mailing list). This is an
interesting twist on wikification:
I hope the text itself goes up there soon. Likewise, for anyone who
has posted a great rant to mailing lists lately.
is surprisingly sparse.