--- Mirko Thiessen <wikipedia(a)mirko-thiessen.de> wrote:
My interest in such a project is setting up a species
directory linking to
all the language editions of the Wikipedia. Jimbo formulated a non-forking
policy guideline and I have a great interest as well that the project
won't have any overlapping with Wikipedia. I am active in the German
Wikipedia and worked on several hundred animal articles there, and that
will remain my main activity.
It was the formulation of the non-forking policy that I completely missed - all
I saw was an announcement that the board had decided the issue in a meeting
that I didn't even know took place (and I check Wikipedia-l, Foundation-l,
WikiEN-l, Meta Goings on and Wikimedia News every day). So while I'm still not
happy that Wikispecies has its own database separate from the Wikimedia
Commons, I can at least live with the decision. *If* I had known beforehand
about the conditions the board placed on Wikispecies, then none of the ugliness
of the past day or so would have happened.
I have already accepted Jimbo's apology for not keeping me in the loop and he
has accepted my apology for making the public accusation that the board was
doing something underhanded (based on the limited information I had, it did
seem that way). In the future I will first seek private clarification on
similar matters so as not to create a scene. In short, I should have assumed
Sorry for the fuss people.
If I would suspect the project of becoming a
Bio-Wikipedia or something like that I would immediately vote to suspend
the project. But now it is intended to work within Wikispecies on a
concept for the project in order to not become a fork. Until then, I
wouldn't take articles by single individuals (like the "Classification"
Is the level of detail in this article:
appropriate for Wikipedia? Or would it be better to have such an article in a
Wikigeology project? I would certainly hate to see similarly detailed [[Biology
of ...]] articles not be created for species in Wikipedia because the same
content is in Wikispecies. Or worse, for them to exist in both and thus half
the contributor base working on each of them.
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav - who has decided to stay)
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