On 12/27/05, Amaurea <sigurdkn(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Recently the concept of having stable versions of
has been gaining foothold rapidly. Most supporters of this idea
portray this as a rather small change, which would help make Wikipedia
more reliable and help it be taken more seriously in academic circles.
It is understandable that this idea is tempting, since vandalism and
decay of article has gotten a lot of focus recently, but I do not
think that this is the easy, safe change many seem to think it is.
The rest of Amaurea's post is dead on.
But this is pretty exciting; the successful fork of wikipedia is only
a few years away...
wikinfo obviously isn't it, but their import utility is the right
start. need to build that functionality for any cc-licensed work; need
gfdl and cc to merge, etc.
wikipedia is still by and large a healthy community; there needs to be
more ossification, paranoia, hypocrisy and institutionalization before
the fork will become necessary.