Let's start with a couple of simple facts:
* Our main product is Wikipedia.
* Wikipedia has been built on Internet.
* Wikipedia has been built by volunteer community.
* Mature Wikipedia editions have now a lot of articles. Many
volunteers don't have a lot to write.
* Mature Wikipedia editions have now complex social structures.
Complex social structures require social institutions.
* The main features of our software are 10 years old.
* During the last ten years Internet has changed.
* Organizationally, we are focused on Internet just during fundraising.
* Volunteer community is valued just when it's been realized that
there are some problems.
* Except media (i.e. Wikimedia Commons), we lack of any systemic work
on improving content. (I don't count particular initiatives, like
cooperation between Wikipedia in X language and University in X
* Wikiversity, the last started Wikimedia project is old four and half years.
* Besides top bodies (Board, ArbComs), we don't have
* New features are limited on those of limited importance.
* We are still living in 2005 or so.
To fix it, logically, we need:
* While offline and real-life activities are very important, we need
to be more focused on Internet. There are many options and many
approaches for that. I'll mention just two within one approach:
editing Wikimedia projects from Facebook and WoW would bring some
* Motivating volunteers to edit (not to participate in Wikimania or
join chapters) -- would help. Let's say, a plaque signed by Jimmy for
hard work would help. But, there are much more intelligent ways for
motivating volunteers without money and without competition.
* Organized work with universities and similar -- organized by WMF and
chapters -- would help in improving quality.
* We have a number of ideas here , but none of them has become a
Wikimedia project. I don't think that all of the proposals are bad.
* We need volunteer/community institutions. There are tons of
frustrations because there are no ways to solve many problems.
* We need, for example, WYSIWYG editor. Some more important features,
too. And it is not expensive.
* In the world where the funniest thing is to send an email, editing
wiki sounds really cool. In the world of virtual worlds, causal games
and watching what your friend from childhood is doing -- there is a
thin edge between editing Wikipedia and masochism. We need to provide