There is no Fork

17 Sep ’06

Or, I suspect, there soon won’t be one (with apologies to Messrs. Wachowski) – the proposed fork of Wikipedia seems unwise to me; it seems to me that it’s simply too darned early in the development of Wikipedia to expect people to pay much attention to a v2 or a parallel project, even if it involves some interesting ideas. Larry Sanger apparently describes the project as “an experimental new wiki project that combines public participation with gentle expert guidance.” Which is interesting, because I thought that’s exactly what Wikipedia was.

Mathew cautions against getting too far into the personalities behind the scene, and from what I’ve read that’s good advice. But it seems just quite unfortunate that the communities behind these alternative approaches can’t combine their energies.

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