On 5/15/06, Lorenzarius <lorenzarius(a)gmail.com>
So IMO the real problem is how the users could go
around the block and reach
us (having been living under the wall for so long, they already know how).
Instead, it is how we could bring the knowledge, and more importantly the
culture and the spirits of wikimedia, to the people (which is our goal,
no?), and sadly, I don't think we could do that when the government says no.
I think you're right - the Chinese Wikipedia will remain a niche
phenomenon in mainland China unless and until the political situation
changes. Of course, it's still a very important niche. As for directly
effecting that political change, that truly is outside the scope of
Wikimedia, though I very much hope that wiki tools and processes will
play a part.
Fixing the bug in Mediawiki where blocking a user blocks everyone
using an IP address that user tries to edit, would be a step in the
right direction, though.