[Wikipedia-l] unnecessary "forks"

Gerard Meijssen gja.meijssen at chello.nl
Mon Aug 30 16:02:35 UTC 2004

Stan Shebs wrote:

> Anthony DiPierro wrote:
>>> No it is not since the Commons is a common place to host data and files
>> that
>>> are used by more than one wiki. It therefore helps to bind us together,
>> not
>>> divide us.
>> It was my understanding that Wikispecies is to be a common place to host
>> species data that is used by more than one wiki.  So why doesn't 
>> Wikispecies
>> help to bind us together?
> I think people are using "data" to mean different things. If it
> means language-independent data (maximum recorded length, say),
> along with a way to splice it into each language's article, then
> great, it would be just as beneficial as sharing images; each
> language WP would get consistent statistics, which would eliminate
> a major maintenance load, and speed creation of articles for all
> the languages - just mention the common taxobox, or common general
> characteristics, and boom, Bulgarian gets content just as good
> as English.
> If Wikispeces data means quasi-articles with text in some language,
> that has much more undesirable forking potential.
> Stan
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Hear, Hear !!
WikiSpecies will be mainly in the biological language of choise, 
therefore it will be mainly English. It is most definetly not the idea 
to have quasi-articles. It is certainly the intention to link to 
wikipedias for encyclopedic information. There is no wish for creating 
what is already there. Propably resources like WikiCommons will be used 
to store pictures in exactly the same way as with Wikipedia. Maybe 
WikiSource will be used for fixed scientific texts. Too much speculation 
is not good either.

Definetly, the idea is not to fork and the idea is to share strengths 
and overcome weaknesses.


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