[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in jail!

Emmanuel Engelhart kelson at kiwix.org
Wed Jun 19 08:58:18 UTC 2013

Dear Jane

Le 19/06/2013 10:37, Jane Darnell a écrit :
> The problem with static offline versions of Wikipedia is that it
> doesn't allow any interaction at all, so you are virtually cutting off
> the ability of the reader to become an editor. I am sure many people
> will feel that prisoners probably don't have a lot of positive
> information to contribute, or perhaps would not do this in good faith,
> but theoretically there should be some channel back for them to voice
> corrections or additions, possibly through some sort of local
> collaboration committee?
> I think this application of Wikipedia is great, but it is also
> crippled. If we had an incubator system where this type of offline
> application of Wikipedia could collect edits in a daily batch process
> for intermediate curation it would be good. Something like this might
> also useful for education programs with kindergartens or grade
> schools. We have claimed in the past that a 17-year-old can be smarter
> than a Ph.D. on any specific issue, but actually, age or environment
> is arbitrary, no?

I agree. The problem with life is that you will never get everything you
want. The good news is: You still have plenty of opportunities and this
is already a lot!

More seriously:
* We know this is used as an "entry door" for other cultural/educative
activities by part of the prisoners
* We will try to encourage prisoners to contribute and try to animate
Wikipedia centric activities - similar approach as in the Afripedia project.

Regarding the asynchronous contributions: This is a pretty complicated
topic which (often) deals with challenging technical and cultural
issues. But discussion if pretty open and new experimentations are welcome.

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