[Wikipedia-l] Wikipedia v. Britannica

Jimmy Wales jwales at bomis.com
Tue Aug 19 15:09:07 UTC 2003

Michael Becker wrote:
> How about we call it "Wikipedia:  The People's Encyclopedia".

Well, lots of people call us that.  I'm a little uncomfortable with
the 'communist' ring to it.  Traditionally "The People's Republic"
means "A system under which the people are benefitted by being told
exactly what to do under penalty of law".  :-) Not exactly the Wiki
philosophy of openness and freedom.

On the other hand, I do sort of like it as a playful subversion of
that older meaning.


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