Mark Williamson wrote:
This still raises some questions; for example the
Catalan WP has over
20k articles while the Arabic WP has just over 10k; numbers for
Chinese, Spanish, and even Japanese (!) are similarly incongruent.
To write a wiki with 100K articles, you don't need the 480M
speakers of Hindi, the 46M speakers of Polish or the 4.6M speakers
of Norwegian. All you need is 20 or 50 very determined people,
who really want to write a wiki with 100K articles. This
determination is a mindset, which can be very hard to reach.
Have you tried to convince your parents to contribute actively to
Wikipedia? I suppose that pyramid schemes, religious cults, and
even suicide bombings need a similar mindset. Most people just
wouldn't get it into their head, that this is a good idea. But
once you are determined, the actual job is not so hard to do.
Perhaps we have an understanding of ideas, ideologies, and
mindsets today that is similar to the medical understanding of
viruses and bacteria 200 years ago.
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se