[Foundation-l] Encouraging participation

Keegan Peterzell keegan.wiki at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 21:23:49 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM, Noein <pronoein at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On 20/06/2010 01:49, Milos Rancic wrote:
> > * At another faculty we have a teaching assistant among Wikimedians.
> > After two projects, we've concluded cooperation because students
> > didn't quite understand work on Wikipedia and started with
> > confrontation.
> That information is key. Why people from the teaching establishment
> don't understand Wikipedia? Why don't they see, for example, that it's
> one of the best ideas about protecting and sharing information? Why do
> they judge it so mediocre when they can participate to make it
> brilliant? Why people in the education doesn't see or understand this?
> What are their arguments and their inner barriers? Do they have good
> counter arguments, is it a prejudice, an incompatibility of personality,
> or ignorance?
> Where are the explanations? What IS Wikipedia? What are the structures
> and consequences of this meme, this slogan: "imagine a world where each
> human being has access to the entire human knowledge"? Where are they
> theorized, wordized, schematized?
> Do the members of this mailing list even agree? Do we know what wp is?
> Where are the wikimedian efforts converging to? What kind of world are
> they creating? Have we got tendency towards democracy, consensus,
> participation, sharing, unanimity, respect, liberty, freedom of
> expression and of choice, listening, dialoguing, or have we not?
> Why people, values, projects and actions of betterment (to our eyes) of
> the world are not listened to, trusted, voted, seconded, motioned,
> consensually applied, critically applauded, desired, rewarded and
> understood?

If you're never read it, you'd probably enjoy this article from the Journal
of American History penned by the late, great Dr. Roy Rosenzweig from June




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