This may be a good time to mention my wikiunderground project --
. It's totally unfinished at the moment, but the
core functionality will work once I start running the scripts again:
it automatically grabs and resurrects deleted wikipedia articles.
The difference between it and deletionpedia is that it's editable (not
a static database) and it skips those deletions that are likely to be
problematic (biographies, etc.).
Secondarily, I want wikiunderground to be a sort of transit nexus
between wikipedia and other places. A search in the wikiunderground
box should take you straight to a wikipedia article if it exists, and
otherwise to the wikiunderground article, the wikia article, the
musicwiki article (i can never remember the name of that one), etc.
There are also ways to encourage the smaller wikis to *avoid
duplicating each other's content.
The third piece is that wikiunderground should automatically contact
the authors of deleted articles -- because those authors at the moment
are mostly one-off contributors who would never discover that their
content had been rescued. This part might be problematic because of
pushback from teh wikipedia community, but I'm convinced it's doable.
Er. So yeah -- I was going to make a formal announcement but I've
kept putting it off. :P Also, at the moment wikiunderground has
google ads, but if it's only possible to accomplish all this stuff as
a collaboratively-run nonprofit, that's what it'll have to be. Touch
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 7:23 PM, <WJhonson(a)aol.com> wrote:
In a message dated 8/29/2008 4:11:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
Again, the larger problem here, to me, is that it's unclear Find A
Grave is free content.>>
But of couse that goes back to your desire that we should be promoting free
content in a way that "quality" content is not. Personally I think our
readers would be more inclined to favor us, if we were to promote the highest
standards of quality, not just the free-est ones.
Find-a-grave is free in the sense that a reader doesn't have to pay to use
it, and an editor doesn't have to pay to edit it. As to whether its free in
the sense that the contents can be copied and re-hosted elsewhere, or sold for
a profit, I'm not sure.
I'm a bit ambivalent about templating find-a-grave. On the one hand, it's
nice to promote sites which aim to be, or have the potential to be,
comprehensive (even if they are not currently), and sites which allow readers
free-access to all the content. I would, for example have been against a template for
EB except their new policy allowing deep-linking direct-to-content for
"bloggers" (which means any online mass linker in their view). I would be
any template for JSTOR for example or Lexis-Nexis or Ancestry which all
On the other hand, I can't help but wonder where the line would be drawn
toward this sort of "preferential" (if you will) approach. Template for
Rootsweb's World Connect? Template for Marvel Universe ? Template for Huffington
Post Articles ?
I'm not sure how we'd justify some against others. Or do we need to? Just
allow the free creation of any priveledged link that can stand scrutiny.
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