[WikiEN-l] strategy.wikimedia.org - slightly overwhelmed by discrepancy between "interactive" proposals and wikimedia goals

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Oct 15 18:07:01 UTC 2009

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> i'm in need of some help.  there are a number of proposals which
> recommend the use of java and flash, and, unfortunately, the java
> applet advocates are alarmingly.... unreasonable and vocal.
> overall: the goal is to open up wikipedia to a wider audience, and if
> that can be achieved whilst at the same time taking advantage of what
> technology has to offer (such as the new WikiReader), _great_.  i
> trust that anyone reading this shares that same view and will help
> weed out wikipedia proposals that are contrary to that goal.

The making of these proposals represents the brainstorming level of the 
discussion.  Effective brainstorming should not be limited to ideas that 
have been pre-judged to be within the rules.  Proposals that are beyond 
the rules likely have very little chance of succeeding, but occasionally 
good ones will come along.  That's what  gives rise to innovation.  If 
the analysis of a proposal shows the idea to be good we should be 
prepared to change the rules accordingly.


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