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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Offwiki

John Mark Vandenberg
On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM, MZMcBride <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Wil Sinclair wrote:
>>Hi all, I've started a new wiki called Offwiki: http://offwiki.org.
>>Our community discusses potential changes to Wikipedia and its
>>Wikimedia sister projects that aren't easily discussed in forums like
>>this mailing list. We also try new ideas that we hope will be adopted
>>on-wiki- both social and technical in nature.
>
> Welcome back!
>
> I enjoyed the utensil analogy on the main page. It's very cute. :-)
>
> ---
> Spoon: If Offwiki were common cutlery, it would be a spoon. It's
> not a knife, because we don't make our points here by hurting Wikipedia
> or other Wikipedia-related sites. And it's not a fork, because we're
> here to build a better encyclopedia by making Wikipedia itself better.
> ---
>
> I also applaud the effort in setting up your own MediaWiki installation.
> MediaWiki is a neat platform; it can be a bit brutish at times, but it has
> a lot of nice features, including a decent support structure and a vibrant
> development community behind it.

We have had a number (not enough!) of Wikimedia (usually Wikipedia,
and typically English Wikipedia) discussion sites, but has there been
any previous ones that have used mediawiki?  That is, other than
Meta.. ?

IMO it is unfortunate that Wil didnt hasnt made more use of Meta, and
I am curious what the reasoning behind that decision was.  There are
very few people banned from Meta, thought it does happen occasionally
and is usually reversed if they can behave.

I am also very curious about who came up with the Offwiki term 'Flounder'.
http://offwiki.org/wiki/Meta:Proposals#Flounders
To me it feels like a very nasty slur against Jimmy Wales.

Also, will Offwiki be multilingual?  Does it intend to cover projects
other than English Wikipedia?  If not, it isnt very relevant to the
wikimedia-l list, but is of course relevant to wikien-l which I have
cc:d which appears to be its primary focus.

--
John Vandenberg

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