Welcome to the list, Erik! This is my first post, too.
I don't think the lack of funding for server maintenance is of concern at
all, let alone a severe threat. The 2015-16 plan
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Annual_Plan> calls for $65
million in spending, with 40% going towards engineering (which in addition
to the servers includes testing, improvements, updates, API work, and all
that jazz). That leaves 60% going towards all the other stuff (management,
legal, grants, HR, communications, etc.). Keeping the servers alive isn't a
severe threat. The threat is keeping the Foundation and community healthy
and active, and spending the money right to make that happen.
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On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 2:28 AM, Kim Bruning <k...@bruning.xs4all.nl> wrote:
> Closest to what you're assking would be this new design
> for federated wiki by Ward Cunningham:
> (May still have some bugs.)
> No idea if realistic to convert.
> Kim Bruning
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 10:41:27AM +0200, Erik Aas wrote:
> > 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
> > article is updated the update is sent to all other users (that are
> > responsible for storing that article.
> > Are there any efforts to accomplish this? Would it be feasible?
> > Best,
> > Erik
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