[Foundation-l] wap.fluffypeople.com/wiki is gone

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Thu Jan 18 21:04:26 UTC 2007

I use Wapedia. I really like it.

Gary Kirk wrote:
> Isn't there something called Wapipedia to search WP? I'm pretty sure
> I've seen a link to it from my network's content pages.
> Personally, I don't see the need for it. I use Opera Mini on my phone
> to browse WP and occasionally edit.
> The 3G phones can all surely run Opera or even simply the phone's
> native browser - Symbian-based, some of them.
> On 1/18/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [sent to foundation-l and wikitech-l]
>> wap.fluffypeople.com/wiki , a third-party WAP translator for
>> Wikipedia, is gone and not coming back.
>> How did I find this out? A "problem manager" for Hutchison 3G just
>> called me! 'Cos the volunteer press contact is obviously the person to
>> call about this sort of thing.
>> Apparently, Hutchison promote Wikipedia as one of the things you can
>> get through their service. And apparently they were just hooking into
>> this third-party volunteer service. If you go to
>> http://wap.fluffypeople.com/wiki/ and read the WML file, the text it
>> gives is:
>> "Sorry folks, the interface to wikipedia is down for the forseeable
>> future. There's a bug that crashes the webserver, and I don't have
>> free wap access any more, so I've got no incentive to fix it. I hope
>> you have enjoyed using the service."
>> Apparently a Hutchison director saw that message and didn't understand
>> that it wasn't us. And this guy read that message and didn't twig that
>> it wasn't us. Ahem.
>> As it happened I knew the right answer - "that'll be a third party
>> translator, we don't supply a WAP version of Wikipedia, just the web
>> version. If you want to run a WAP service, then you should contact
>> fluffypeople and pay them to run the service for you, or you should
>> get your own sysadmins to run the service for you."
>> ANYWAY - it occurred to me that if we want to make Wikimedia projects
>> available to people - should we run our own WAP server? Or supply a
>> suitable feed or software as a paid feed for phone companies who want
>> to sell this to their customers? Or get them to give us the access to
>> supply knowledge to the world this way?
>> (Given our fundraiser shortfall, options that involve money coming to
>> WMF are probably the nicest.)
>> Does any of this sound at all feasible? Not that I'm volunteering for
>> the project ... just floating the idea.
>> - d.
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