[Wikimedia-l] Apparently, Wikipedia is ugly
kim at bruning.xs4all.nl
Thu Jul 26 00:48:47 UTC 2012
On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 09:04:46PM +0100, Thomas Morton wrote:
> This all ties back to my view that we don't think of the average reader
> enough :)
What do we want the "average reader" to do? Who do we want them to be.
Do we want them to be an encyclopedia reader, a wiki editor,
or ... something in between?
A novel thought that!
I think that every person who comes to take something away, also
has something to bring back in.
Actually, that's pretty much certain, sooner or later.
An encyclopedia is a starting point for research. Once you're even
just halfway researching your topic, you probably know more than the
This is how I sometimes contributed to wikipedia early on. 
Rather than giving up and calling people "the average reader", can
we think about how we can get them to give something back?
Sure, we probably can't get 100% of readers to give something back, but we
can definitely do better than the meager fraction-of-1% we have now.
Our policies/procedures/work-patterns have swung a little too far
encyclopedia-ward. We need to get the pendulum swinging back
wiki-ward for a while.
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