[Foundation-l] Wiki[p/m]edia

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Fri Dec 10 17:24:49 UTC 2010

I also think that it is worth considering and that it's not a suicide,
although other opinions are welcome.

I am mostly active in Wikipedia, but i am also quite active in
Wikisource and Commons. I wouldn't be offended if Wikisource's name
would change. When i talk about my biggest Wikisource project -
Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar - i usually say that i do it in a "project
affiliated with Wikipedia". I always do mention the name "Wikisource",
but most people don't recognize it.

As for Commons - I would love to see it branded and marketed as a
sophisticated competitor to Flickr and commercial stock photo
agencies, but until that happens, most of us will probably think of it
as the image repository for Wikipedia and the other projects and the
general public doesn't even know it exists, even though everybody sees
these images every day.

2010/12/10 Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com>:
> At first thought, this proposal seemed like a "branding suicide", but
> considering the enormous difference in awareness between Wikipedia and
> the other brands, it could be a subject worth discussing. It would
> also help avoid composed word that sometimes sound strange or are just
> plain weird in languages other than English.
> Strainu
> 2010/12/10  <dex2000 at pc.dk>:
>> I was about to write a suggestion similar to the one indicated by Ziko
>> van Dijk. I second it and recommend that the following be given serious
>> consideration:
>> Change as soon as practically possible the naming of the Foundation to
>> the "Wikipedia Foundation" and the naming of the projects to Wikipedia,
>> Wikipedia Commons, Wikipedia Books, Wikipedia Wiktionary etc. That would
>> simplify matters enormously while at the same time broadening the
>> Wikipedia brand to all projects in a much more effective and
>> comprehensible way.
>> "We" would of course still talk internally about Commons, Wikibooks,
>> Wiktionary and so on for the sake of brevity.
>> It is never too late...
>> Regards,
>> Sir48/Thyge, da:wiki
>> ----- Original meddelelse -----
>>> Ziko van Dijk zvandijk at googlemail.com [mailto:zvandijk at googlemail.com]
>>> wrote:
>>> ....
>>> Whether the names amplify the problem, whether "Wikimedia" was a good
>>> name choice - maybe WMF should rename itself "The Wikipedia
>>> Foundation" and call Wiktionary "The Wikipedia Dictionary" and so on.
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