Thank you for your kind words, SJ. I will tell Ms. Kimura when I will see
her (only in my imagination, the name is a mixture from a German friend of
mine who has a Japanese mother, Marko Naoki Something, and a Japanese friend
of mine who has a German mother, Mr. Kimura).
Thanks to Naoko Komura who permitted to distribute a fake interview that
could erroneously be attributed to her.
who is culture-imperialistic, spamming garbage, confusing the newbies,
making jokes about real dangers, making jokes about disabled people, and
unwitty (see how some Wikipedians react to a April fools day joke...)
2009/4/1 Samuel Klein <meta.sj(a)gmail.com>
Thank you Ziko. I always enjoy the unfiltered news
exacerbated by the
Kurier... you should broadcast your work more than once a year. And
Ms. Kimura is clearly a crack dictator, she should be miked up
On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk(a)googlemail.com>
A couple of days ago I have contacted our project manager in San
who is dealing with the improvement of the
usability of Wikipedia. I have
done this interview for [[de:Wikipedia:Kurier]] and translated it to
but originally it is in English and so I thought
that I can also send it
*Kimura: Wikipedia Usability by Better „Ranking“*
*Wikipedia is difficult to edit, many people say, and Wikimedia
encountered the problem by installing Naoki
Kimura as a project manager.
team will make proposals to improve Wikipedia
Usability. In an interview
with Ziko van Dijk she unravels test results and the next step.*
ZvD: Dear Naoki Kimura, previously you told us that you would run some
about the problems of our new users.
NK: Yes, first results confirmed that new Wikipedia users find it very
difficult to link to the already existing community, to fit in and to
the rules. Most difficult this is because the
rules change and there is
clear authority. You don't know whom to
ZvD: That is exactly the Wiki principle which made Wikipedia big.
NK: But is it suitable to keep Wikipedia running? We lose a lot of people
scare them away even before they join, the
statistics show us. Wikipedia
only go on by making the collaboration better.
ZvD: So if I am a new user, what will change?
NK: In fact, as a new user you already have only limited rights compared
more experienced users. You cannot vote, you
cannot sight versions in
Wikipedias with flagged revisions, and so on. This must become more
systematic. So as a new user you will start as a „rookie user“, and after
six months, after trainings and tests, you might become an „advanced
and later a „user major“. A bigger step will be
to become an „editor
adjunct“ etc. In the end, you can become a „senior editor general“.
ZvD: I see. And what about non editors?
NK: You mean developers and admins? It will be the same or similar.
ZvD: And the "commander-in-chief" of the three service branches will be
NK: Yes of course, that will not change at all.
ZvD: So the word "edit war“ will get a totally new meaning?
NK: No, there will be no edit wars at all! There will be no quarrels, no
uncertainties, no cybermobbing. We will even be able abolish the talk
ZvD: Because everyone knows who is senior and has what rights.
ZvD: But will Wikipedians accept such a system?
NK: That is funny, you know. I worried about that until I presented the
to the staff members in San Francisco. They told
me that they are all
Trek fans and when they were children at play,
they called each other
"captain“ or "midshipman“ or "commander“.
ZvD: Naoki, I wish you all the best for implementation (it will certainly
not be easy) and thank you for this interview.
Ziko van Dijk
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