Jimmy (Jimbo) Wales wrote:
Stan Shebs wrote:
So the executive summary I get out of this is
"people on en: didn't
like my ideas, so I want to make a separate wiki".
I would put it a different way. "The needs of a general purpose,
general audience encyclopedia differ from the needs of a professional
reference work, so we should move forward in exploring solutions that
meet the needs of both users while minimizing duplication of efforts."
Which is potentially a good reason, but it's not the one that
Gerard gave; and I say "potentially" because although there is
some very obscure and detailed scientific info in WP already,
I have yet to see anybody seek to remove it because it's
"too detailed for a general audience". So why is it imperative
to have a new wiki to solve a hypothetical problem?
Whether a fork is good or bad depends on the real motivation,
not what it looks like when it's dressed up. I've been through
this a hundred times with various GNU projects, and you can't
understand what will happen unless you look squarely at what's
really driving people.