On 10 Apr 2018, at 7.02, Erik Moeller
Wikimedia projects are social networks, but they are purpose-driven
social networks  where participants are more strongly connected
through their overlapping interests than through pre-existing social
I agree. I however, see that if the movement is interested in to be _the_ ecosystem of
free knowledge, a social media where the overlapping interest is actually the free
knowledge itself and not some area of knowledge is not a bad idea.
To the extent that Wikimedia should develop better
networking tools, they should IMO be along the lines of the ideas
being prototyped by WikiProject X . Improving other social tools
routinely used in connection with Wikimedia work, such as IRC and
mailing lists, likely would also have near term benefit.
Thanks for the links. Better social tools to the Wikipedia / for the movement are
I guess I am not the only one who is worried that we may loose the interest of the general
public on the movement, because we are not able to provide various kind of opportunities
for people to contribute to the free knowledge movement (except to donate).
I see that Wikipedia is just one — although extremely important — offering of the movement
aiming to advance the idea of free knowledge.
I don't think that you can make a compelling
argument that building
general purpose social networking software (as in, share cat+baby
pictures with friends) is in scope of Wikimedia's mission.
Yes. The mode of operation should be aligned with the Wikipedia’s mission.
But it we want to address the challenge of “free knowledge” globally, a social media, that
is not run by financial interest, but by the interest of the public, is badly needed. I
think Wikimedia movement could play a role in here, too.