[Foundation-l] Don't know how linked we still are with wikia...

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Tue Jan 6 10:27:03 UTC 2009

Delirium wrote:
> Tim Starling wrote:
>> Brock Weller wrote:
>>> Don't know how linked we still are with wikia...
>> What do you mean "still"? Wikimedia has never been linked with Wikia to
>> the extent where this topic might be relevant on foundation-l. It's no
>> more relevant than Wikitravel, Jimmy's objectivist mailing lists or
>> Answers.com.
>> What Wikimedia's volunteers do outside of Wikimedia is their own business.
> I'm pretty sure Wikitravel, Jimmy's objectivist mailing lists, and 
> Answers.com have never been widely confused with Wikimedia to the extent 
> that multiple news articles referred to them as the "commercial 
> counterpart" to Wikipedia. > They also did not share office space or 
> bandwidth with Wikimedia, or have debts to Wikimedia mentioned in 
> independent financial audits. They also did not use advertising slogans 
> that made prominent use of the Wikipedia trademark and implied a 
> relationship, such as Wikia's former slogan, "Wikipedia is the 
> Encyclopedia. Wikia is the rest of the library."

I'm not seeing anything in that rant that contradicts the point I was
making. They might be different to Wikitravel in other ways, but they are
the same in terms of the lack of relevance of a content-related complaint
to foundation-l.

-- Tim Starling

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