On 09/15/11 8:50 AM, Milos Rancic wrote:
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 16:43, Andrew
That's a erroneous comparison -- those same
WMF employees keep the
servers running for all of Wikimedia. It's not specific to
Wikipedia's community fundamentals for encyclopedia writing.
for all of Wikimedia" ~ "running for Wikipedia"; I've never
heard for any relevant campaign out of Wikipedia and initiated by WMF
(in relation to content projects, of course).
This just brings us back to the function of the WMF. At one it was just
a matter of keeping the servers running, and ensuring that the content
remains available forever. To the discomfort of some that role has expanded.
Wikisource, for example, needs money to scan books.
also. Even Wikipedia benefits from the projects in which money has
given for writing articles (last example: WM Canada program for
writing articles in medicine). But, it's easier to accept those
things, than to accept that Wikinews needs at least one person to care
about things when no one else is able to care.
I don't know about that. Wikisource already has more scanned books
available than it can handle, even if we just limit ourselves to those
where the public domain status is absolutely indisputable. A relatively
small numbers should still be scanned for the sake of
comprehensiveness. The big challenge is in how to make this useful to a
I don't see a big money issue for Wiktionary either.
The WM-CA medicine project still comes down to one dedicated person
funding the scholarship. For now it's experimental, but its future
depends on an analysis of the current experiment.
The fact remains that none of your examples involves hiring someone.
What's the point of hiring someone for Wikinews before we even know
where it's heading. The volunteer community would still need to define
that person's job.
the natural fit for Wikinews going forward, and it would be
great to see more moves into that area.
Nobody reads news source just because it
has one article per day and
one feature per month. Thus, it's not possible to create critical mass
Collectively I'm sure we can do better than one feature per month.
Serbian Wikinews can do something different that's fine too.