[Foundation-l] Inclusion of Wikibooks

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 08:25:58 UTC 2007

There are more travel wikis than just Wiki travel, there are more wikis that
would be a good place to host this type of information. The Wikimedia
Foundation has a specific aim for its projects and indeed this type of
information does not belong in a Wikipedia. However it does not belong in
Wikibooks either.

By refusing this type of information in a wiki outside of the Wikimedia
Foundation, you allow for this type of information to be deleted at all.
That is not a great idea.


On 6/1/07, Ivan Lanin <ivanlanin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear list members,
> My name is Ivan Lanin, and I'm a bureaucrat from Indonesian Wikipedia.
> We're currently cleaning up our encyclopedia articles. Some of the
> articles regarding cities or areas in Indonesia that we have contains
> too much details (such as lists of good restaurants, addresses of
> public government office, etc.) to be contained in an encylopedia
> article. At least that what most of us think.
> There have been a discussion in local "village pump"
> [[w:id:Wikipedia:Warung Kopi]] discussing this matter. Initially the
> suggestion was to set up Indonesian Wikitravel and move the content
> there, under the false assumption that Wikitravel is one of the
> Foundation projects. That idea was withdrawn when people found out
> that Wikitravel is not part of WMF's projects.
> Instead, we were discussion of creating a "travel" book inside
> Indonesian Wikibooks. We haven't seen any other wikibooks using this,
> neither we see any other wikibooks holds information about travel. We
> understand that Wikibooks are for "free textbooks contents", but we
> think if we format the content just like a book, we could make it a
> "traveler's book".
> May I ask what the list members think about this? Do any of you have
> the same experience as we have. Please share.
> Thank you
> --
> Ivan Lanin
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