I personally would like to see a global page at
one that shows the global reach of the product (for example a world
map of languages rather than countries) stats about the project,
number of contributors, articles in each language, as well as links
to each of the language wikis.
This, I think, would really separate the project from all other book
or web based encyclopedias: none are multilingual to the extent of
Effectively, this would put the pressure on other encyclopedia to
match our multilingual "feature", but of course they couldn't.
I actually believe that the multilingual environment is the second most
important feature for distinguishing us from the other encyclopedias.
The open contribution system is more significant. That approach
carries the risk that some first draft articles will sometimes be highly
POV or even outright goofy. At the same time this is the feature that
allows us to react more quickly to world events in all areas of
knowledge as well as to our own more highly opinionated contributors.
An encyclopedia that is bound by traditional editorial structures
cannot do this.