[Foundation-l] [EWW] Edit Wikipedia Week

geni geniice at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 15:49:22 UTC 2007

On 20/11/2007, Andrew Gray <shimgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 20/11/2007, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 20/11/2007, Christophe Henner <christophe.henner at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Dear community,
> > >
> > > Few days ago a pretty neat idea was proposed, an idea which could
> > > involves all of the community members, all of you: the "Edit Wikipedia
> > > Week". That week will take place from December 3 to 8, 2007 and the
> > > concept is pretty simple: you, as a community member, will have the
> > > chance to spread the word about how to edit Wikipedia or learn how to
> > > work on one of the other sister projects.
> >
> > Yeah you might want to think about your wording there. We built this
> > wiki and yet only now do we have the chance to tell other people how
> > to edit? What do you think we have been doing for the last few years?
> Wow. Have you ever seen any attempt to do things differently that you
> didn't complain about?

All the time.

> > There are many ways to motivate the community. Sugar coated
> > condescension isn't one of them.
> Yes, because whining vaguely about misphrased English and complaining
> about someone encouraging people to do things is in no way
> condescending or unproductive.
> This may or may not be a useful project. We lose nothing by doing it,
> and it certainly isn't "condescending" or "insulting" to try it.

We lose the opportunity to do it well. The problem is that this isn't
a beta where things can easily be changed. That email has been phrased
as if it has gone gold.


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