[Foundation-l] It Is not Us

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 28 07:35:22 UTC 2011

I have read the replies that are against social networking functionality. In
my opinion you are all missing the point. Our projects are crowd sourced
projects and we do not support collaboration, we do not support special
projects. We need to.

Social networking in our context will not be a Facebook, a Twitter or an
IRC. It will have the parts that we need and it will support our activities.


On 27 June 2011 18:24, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM, Gerard Meijssen
> <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hoi.
> > Wikipedia should be more like a social network. It provides us with the
> > opportunity to reach out to people when we want to crowd source some
> > activity. We have a problem in retaining people particular newbies. When
> we
> > show a social side to our work on open content (not only encyclopaedic
> > content) we stand a better chance we are likely to do better.
> > Thanks,
> >     GerardM
> That's an interesting theory. Wikipedia is sort of the epitome of a
> social enterprise, and all of the good and the bad in the project can
> be traced to its social nature. Trying to make it more like a "social
> network" can only be interpreted as making it more like some other
> social network, perhaps by integrating purely social mechanisms a la
> Facebook. Of course, that could either help or hinder, with no way to
> know for sure in advance; perhaps encouraging more social interaction
> would exacerbate and personalize the disputes and conflicts that drive
> people away.
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