To the best of my knowledge, the two leading candidate technologies for a
decentralized Wikipedia - git and blockchain - would both not scale to
Wikipedia's requirements.

(But I am not an expert in distributed technologies, merely looked into
these two for exactly this use case.)
On Sep 23, 2015 4:59 AM, "Tomasz Ganicz" <polime...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Many years ago, there was an idea to organize Wikipedia in usenet/nntp
> style (i.e. multiple servers conected via a dedicated protocol, and one can
> set up another one if he/she has enough resources and skills) - but I guess
> it would very hard to organize, as it all need to be live-synchronized. In
> usenet - texts are created by single person and only once, and then sent to
> relevant group, and then it is distributed to all servers and users who
> subscribe this group. In Wikipedia - any article can be edited by anyone at
> any time, and readers are interested in the final result which the effect
> of collaborative writing. Otherwise there will be various article versions
> splited across various servers.
>
> See:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet
>
>
>
> 2015-09-23 10:41 GMT+02:00 Erik Aas <esra...@gmail.com>:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > this is my first post to this list. I think Wikipedia is a great project
> > and am impressed by how well it works. It seems the (lack of) funding of
> > the project is one of the more severe threats to its continued success.
> > Since (I assume) the biggest cost is the maintenance of servers, I wonder
> > if there are there any plans of making Wikipedia decentralised.
> >
> > Let me elaborate. I'm thinking of a system where many users each would
> > store a small part of the encyclopedia. A user wanting to look up or edit
> > an article connects to another user who has a copy of that article. When
> an
> > article is updated the update is sent to all other users (that are
> online)
> > responsible for storing that article.
> >
> > Are there any efforts to accomplish this? Would it be feasible?
> >
> > Best,
> > Erik
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