[Foundation-l] [Fwd: Re: Do WMF want enwp.org?]
monomium at gmail.com
Mon May 2 04:58:25 UTC 2011
I looked into this once...the domain price was quite steep or I would
have gotten it. However, a donation might be possible.
On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Waldir Pimenta <waldir at email.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM, Béria Lima <berialima at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I preffer wp.org (if is possible) to make internationalization easier. So
>> en.wiki would be "en.wp.org", de.wiki "de.wp.org" and etc.
> For the record (sorry I'm late btw :P), I had independently contacted the
> owners of wp.org shortly before this thread came up, and they basically said
> that even though they supported Wikipedia (they had even donated in the
> past), the domain has too much potential value (WordPress, the Washington
> Post, etc) for them to hand it over.
> I also thought about this multi-language facet of Wikimedia, which is
> further aggravated by the existence of multiple projects. That is, even
> wp.org would have problems too, since we'd then need to get one for
> wikinews, commons, etc. The best solution would be IMO getting the domain *
> wi.ki*, since this could be adapted either through prefixes (i.e.,
> subdomains, such as en.wi.ki) or suffixes (e.g. wi.ki/en) for languages
> and/or project codes. In addition to that we could generate links as the
> current shorteners do, like wi.ki/x23yz.
> Now, the wi.ki domain at first seems to be unused, but
> http://whois.nic.kireveals it is registered at least until 9 Jan 2012,
> domaininfo.com. A search on that page reveals that wi.ki is not available
> for registration, but seems to be buyable for 696 €. We could contact them
> and ask for a partial donation, but it would work best if the request comes
> from the WMF itself. Before figuring it was already registered, I sent an
> email to organization that manages the .KI domain. The text of that email
> might be useful for this effect: http://pastebin.com/L0v6uz1i
> Here's a quote from that message that points out some of the advantages of
> having these short urls:
>> *"[Wikipedia] links are often long and hard to read (for instance:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=.ki&oldid=408287624 ), which
>> makes them not only inconvenient, but also prone to reproduction errors.
>> Since the practice of citation is such a critical component of journalism
>> and scientific publication, minimizing this risk would bring very
>> significant benefits for scholars, journalists, and even users who want to
>> share links in social media.*
> So, who supports that we request them a donation of that domain? And is
> anyone from the WMF willing to send them the request? (Moka?)
> It's fine if the tech team doesn't want to manage the domain; I'm sure
> plenty of volunteers could offer to do that. But it we'd be much more likely
> to get it in the first place if the request is made officially by the WMF.
> So what do you guys think?
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