[Wikipedia-l] Re: mail WikiSpecies

Anthere anthere9 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 16 05:33:42 UTC 2004

Andrew Lih a écrit:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 16:59:32 +0200, Anthere <anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>Actually, a new project has legal, monetary and logistical issues attached.
> This argument could be made for nearly anything under the Wikimedia
> umbrella, so it would be best to define explicit scope and procedures.

I think I already answered to this a bit, but I'll suggest more.
If we just toss the future content of wikispecies in wikipedia, as far 
as we are concerned (wmf) that is a bland operation (though I suspect 
someone will tell me that this should not be bland, but blank, or 
invisible, or whatever).

If we create a new project, say htt://www.wikispecies.org (to simplify) 
and that this project is multilingual, then we will also probably have

Up to possibly 50 or more adresses to manage.

Also, we'll have to purchase

Up to how many countries in the world.

This is not free.

If we toss everything in wikipedia, we do not have to adapt the wiki 
software, or we have to tweak the adaptation, so make current 
functionning of wikipedia more complicated.

If we make a new project with specific requirements, we have to make 
changes to Mediawiki. And we need people technically available to do it.
And we need people to be interested to do it.

Since it is a specialised wiki, could we not foresee that a foundation 
somewhere might be interested by this very specialised and scientific 
project, and envision specifically making a donation so as to push these 
modifications ?

>>This project was initiated by a non wikipedian and rejoined by
>>wikipedians as far as I understood.
>>Wiki space... I think little discussion occured on wikispace
>>It was mostly on this mailing list, on meta and on irc.
> This has been a continuing problem with Wikipedia/media projects.
> Multiple communications channels are great for grassroots
> collaboration for content, but it's not good for due process. As Mav
> mentioned, I did not find it mentioned on Meta Goings on and Wikimedia
> News at all. If it was there, I think there would be much less problem
> with the decision. We should be able to improve on this.

Incidentely, I am glad to discover so many people were unhappy not to 
see it on the goings on. I was of the opinion that this page was hardly 
read, so less and less motivated to update it regularly. This is a joy 
to discover that the information was felt missing here.
I consequently suggest an extra effort on this one :-)

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