[Foundation-l] Adding a comment section under every Wikipedia article

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 18:23:07 UTC 2012

On 23 January 2012 18:09, Yao Ziyuan <yaoziyuan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Since it's unlikely the foundation mailing list will agree to enable
> such a comment section on every Wikipedia article (although enabling
> it is quite easy: just choose a "comment" extension from
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension_Matrix/AllExtensions and
> enable it on Wikipedia), maybe we can talk about implementing it on a
> separate website.
> For example, create a website named WikiSocial.com. This will be a Web
> 2.0 version of Wikipedia, which lets you browse Wikipedia's content
> but also provides Web 2.0 social features such as the comment section,
> social sharing buttons (e.g. "Tweet this article").
> Any interest? :-)

There might well be some interest, but it doesn't sound like something
the Wikimedia movement would do. There is nothing stopping someone
else mirroring Wikipedia's content and adding a comments section. The
whole point of having Wikipedia be free (as in speech) is so that
other people can re-use it in interesting ways, and this sounds like a
good example of that.

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