> This is most definitely not a fork of
Wikipedia. Wikispecies is more
> about collecting data than writing articles. This data will be saved
> in a way that allows all Wikipedias, not just the English one, to use
> the data. As a project, Wikispecies has different aims to Wikipedia.
> It is aimed at the needs of scientific users rather than general
> users. Integrating Wikispecies into Wikimedia prevents a fork.
*That* is what the Commons is for. Fork.
Mav is correct, in my opinion. It doesn't make much sense to have separate
"data projects". Instead, we should pursue developing the Commons into a
single such repository from which other projects can dynamically
transclude their content. With one such project, it is very clear to every
participant that the sole purpose is to store data. With many specialized
projects, we risk that people come across something like Wikispecies and
start treating it like it is Wikipedia.
I suggest supending species.wikimedia.org
until it is clearer what
direction this project needs to take. If no consensus can be found, a vote
on Meta seems like a good idea (apologies if there already was one and I
Think-first act-later is the wrong order of actions. Every (and I mean literally
every) successful project was act-first think-later. Wikipedia started this way too.
And what do you need consensus (or even worse - voting) for ? The Wikispecies
is not interfering with other projects. If you don't want to work on it, you can