On Feb 6, 2006, at 10:41 PM, Guettarda wrote:
On 2/7/06, Peter Mackay
[mailto:wikien-l-bounces@Wikipedia.org] On Behalf Of Guettarda
This whole mess has left me feeling bruised and
rethinking my role here. If El C and Carbonite leave we have
lost a lot more than can be counted in them just as
individuals. El C, for one, made this place fun, and if you
aren't having fun there is not reason to stick around.
Are we here to have fun or to write an encyclopaedia?
Actually, to have fun. We are unpaid volunteers. This is a hobby.
isn't fun, if it isn't enjoyable, then there is no reason to stick
and no way to build this encyclopaedia.
No fun, no community = no encyclopaedia.
Actually, that's not *exactly* true;
no community = no changes to the
encyclopedia. It's free content. The mirrors aren't going anywhere;
the various full(i.e. including history) dumps aren't going anywhere.
This is a point that needs to be remembered. We are * making more
encyclopedic free content * , that's all.
It certainly needs to be rewarding, or the community will leave - but
fun is hardly the only form of reward that people can have.
Achievement, social recognition, physical stimulation, all of these are
forms of reward. (Not that Wikipedia provides much in the way of
pleasurable physical stimulation, but let's not go there...)