[Foundation-l] It Is not Us
thewub.wiki at googlemail.com
Tue Jun 28 11:27:48 UTC 2011
On 28 June 2011 08:35, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
Yeah! Special projects with a narrower focus would be great, how about
giving them a catchy name like "WikiProjects". Maybe we could give
every article a "talk page" for users to collaborate on. Heck, let's
go mad and give users their own talk pages too! Now if only there was
some protocol for real time chats we could use...
> 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.
I'm all for improving the interface around these things, but exactly
what functionality are you asking for that we don't already have?
Pete / the wub
> 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
>> > 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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