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 > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > > > -- > Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz > http://pl.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Polimerek > http://www.ganicz.pl/poli/ > http://www.cbmm.lodz.pl/work.php?id=29&title=tomasz-ganicz > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>