This time next year I have no doubt Wikipedia will be much more usable.
Delphine, this sentence is the first time I have ever typed the word
I do hope people continue to express concern about the Wikipedia/Wikia
relationship. The existence of Wikia doesn't make a whole lot of sense,
except the $$$ kind.
On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM, Delphine Ménard <notafishz(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 20:53, Brian
I'm glad someone is concerned about this
issue. Wikia has always smacked
"they wouldn't let us show ads on
Wikipedia, so here is the for-profit
branch of Wikipedia with ads." There are potential conflicts of interest
nearly every level of the Wikia/Wikipedia
I never thought I would say what comes next.
As much as I have been a fierce defender of a clear cut between Wikia
and Wikimedia, I must admit that I find this solution to be one of the
best things that has happened to the usability project.
About space: been there, and yes, Wikia's headquarters are a street
away, so really easy to plan meetings and make sure things happen in
coordinated fashion between the Wikimedia office and the Usability
About working near Wikia: Wikia, as was said elsewhere, is one of the
biggest Mediawiki users out there and therefore has, in my opinion,
probably the best incentive to make sure that Mediawiki develops in a
way that makes sense for the users. They already have a pretty big
developper team, and having them at hand will definitely broaden the
usability project vision on what a wiki can/should do to be more user
Who more than a commercial user of Mediawiki has an interest in its
evolution _for the best_ of users?
I see absolutely no conflict of interest. Where? Seriously? Wikia is
renting walls, tables and chairs to the Wikimedia Foundation, that's
all. And on top of that, they bring to the coffee machine talks tons
of ideas and experience in the daily use of the software.
And frankly, without this thread, everyone would have forgotten the
move two days from now and seen nothing in it. Gee, it's time to grow
up and stop seeing the cabal everywhere.
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