[Foundation-l] Interview: Wikipedia usability and test results
Ziko van Dijk
zvandijk at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 1 17:27:09 UTC 2009
Thank you for your kind words, SJ. I will tell Ms. Kimura when I will see
her (only in my imagination, the name is a mixture from a German friend of
mine who has a Japanese mother, Marko Naoki Something, and a Japanese friend
of mine who has a German mother, Mr. Kimura).
Thanks to Naoko Komura who permitted to distribute a fake interview that
could erroneously be attributed to her.
who is culture-imperialistic, spamming garbage, confusing the newbies,
making jokes about real dangers, making jokes about disabled people, and
unwitty (see how some Wikipedians react to a April fools day joke...)
2009/4/1 Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com>
> Thank you Ziko. I always enjoy the unfiltered news exacerbated by the
> Kurier... you should broadcast your work more than once a year. And
> Ms. Kimura is clearly a crack dictator, she should be miked up
> regularly. SJ
> On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk at googlemail.com>
> > Hello,
> > A couple of days ago I have contacted our project manager in San
> > who is dealing with the improvement of the usability of Wikipedia. I have
> > done this interview for [[de:Wikipedia:Kurier]] and translated it to
> > but originally it is in English and so I thought that I can also send it
> > this list.
> > Kind regards
> > Ziko
> > http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Kurier
> > *Kimura: Wikipedia Usability by Better „Ranking“*
> > *Wikipedia is difficult to edit, many people say, and Wikimedia
> > encountered the problem by installing Naoki Kimura as a project manager.
> > team will make proposals to improve Wikipedia Usability. In an interview
> > with Ziko van Dijk she unravels test results and the next step.*
> > ZvD: Dear Naoki Kimura, previously you told us that you would run some
> > about the problems of our new users.
> > NK: Yes, first results confirmed that new Wikipedia users find it very
> > difficult to link to the already existing community, to fit in and to
> > the rules. Most difficult this is because the rules change and there is
> > clear authority. You don't know whom to direct to.
> > ZvD: That is exactly the Wiki principle which made Wikipedia big.
> > NK: But is it suitable to keep Wikipedia running? We lose a lot of people
> > scare them away even before they join, the statistics show us. Wikipedia
> > only go on by making the collaboration better.
> > ZvD: So if I am a new user, what will change?
> > NK: In fact, as a new user you already have only limited rights compared
> > more experienced users. You cannot vote, you cannot sight versions in
> > Wikipedias with flagged revisions, and so on. This must become more
> > systematic. So as a new user you will start as a „rookie user“, and after
> > six months, after trainings and tests, you might become an „advanced
> > and later a „user major“. A bigger step will be to become an „editor
> > adjunct“ etc. In the end, you can become a „senior editor general“.
> > ZvD: I see. And what about non editors?
> > NK: You mean developers and admins? It will be the same or similar.
> > ZvD: And the "commander-in-chief" of the three service branches will be
> > Jimmy Wales?
> > NK: Yes of course, that will not change at all.
> > ZvD: So the word "edit war“ will get a totally new meaning?
> > NK: No, there will be no edit wars at all! There will be no quarrels, no
> > uncertainties, no cybermobbing. We will even be able abolish the talk
> > ZvD: Because everyone knows who is senior and has what rights.
> > NK: Exactly.
> > ZvD: But will Wikipedians accept such a system?
> > NK: That is funny, you know. I worried about that until I presented the
> > to the staff members in San Francisco. They told me that they are all
> > Trek fans and when they were children at play, they called each other
> > "captain“ or "midshipman“ or "commander“.
> > ZvD: Naoki, I wish you all the best for implementation (it will certainly
> > not be easy) and thank you for this interview.
> > NK: Dismissed.
> > ---------------------------------------------------
> > Ziko van Dijk
> > NL-Silvolde
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