From: Steven Walling <steven.walling(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:48:09 -0700
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Merge wikis
That discussion was interesting for this one, because it brings up issues
such as that merging even a relatively small wiki like ten (565 content
pages, 3,204 total pages) into Meta would probably take some considerable
We did something similar when Simple English Wikibooks was closed and its
content merged to English Wikibooks .
I note that there's been protest on the discussion page that the content
would be out of scope for Meta, however. This reminds me when content was
pushed from Meta to Wikibooks  for MakerFaire 2010 , supposedly with
the blessing of stewards and Cary Bass . This content is "out of scope"
for Wikibooks, especially given its encyclopedic format, but it goes to show
that a project's scope can evolve. Wikibooks used to host video game
strategy guides, for instance (and had a lot more visitors as a result).