[Foundation-l] New Project Process

Carlos Felipe Antonorsi carfelant at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 04:22:47 UTC 2012

Hi everyone, I'm "new" on the list and this is my fist email, but I've been
reading for a while(I'm from es.wiki). I support what Jürgen said, Most of
the Wikimedia projects are not very popular (with the exception of
Wikipedia and maybe commons). I talk about what I've read and listened to
people totally ignorant about what the wiki is, If there could be a way we
could incorporate other projects to wikipedia it would be perfect.

You've never heard in the news things about Wikiquote or Wikiversity, it's
always about Wikipedia. It would seem that the best thing we could do to
help improve the participation on those projects would be to merge them in
to the most popular project: Wikipedia

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM, Jürgen Fenn
<schneeschmelze at googlemail.com>wrote:

> Am 3. April 2012 22:22 schrieb Samuel Klein <sjklein at hcs.harvard.edu>:
> > Ziko:
> >> what would a WMF evaluation of Wikinews or Wikispecies say? Should we
> shut down such
> >> a project... cease to mention it on Wikipedia main pages... or invest
> money in promoting it?
> >
> > Good questions, subtle answers.  Those are not the only options; we
> > might help them merge with a similar project.  For instance,
> > wikieducator and wikiversity have almost identical missions, and might
> > benefit from being merged; the question of 'who hosts the site' is
> > relatively minor compared to the loss of splitting energy and focus
> > across two wikis.
> I would like to add another option: Who not merge all projects into
> Wikipedia proper? The lack in participation in the sister projects is
> largely due to the fact that hardly anyone knows about them. Wikipedia
> is the only Wikimedia brand people know of. There is nothing you can
> do about it. If the sister projects were living in their own
> namespaces within Wikipedia this would be different. We would have,
> say, a Wikipedia dictionary. They would become part of Wikipedia and,
> hence, partaking in Wikipedia's popularity. Putting money in sister
> projects just means wasting funds. The future lies in integrating them
> into Wikipedia. Five years of experience is enough to tell.
> Regards,
> Jürgen.
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