> building an authoritative dictionary is considerably > harder than building a (de facto) authoritative encyclopedia.
What reason is there to think that? My any measure of editor hours, or the amount of money it would take to replicate the effort, or the maintenance load going forward, I'm sure that even a three shelf foot encyclopedia is harder than a 100,000 word dictionary. > We are not *teaching* encyclopedia articles. What is the difference between delivering the text of an encyclopedia article and teaching it? Encyclopedias are not written to be accompanied by a lecturer, tutor, or teacher. We even teach how to write them, to students, in schools, and the students often if not almost always get academic credit for their work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Education_program/Educators Knowing any language is a privilege, and suggesting that there is any reason to narrow the Foundation's focus away from language instruction seems completely absurd to me. > Wikimedia should be busy getting even better at its main thing: wiki articles. Why? We are already the best at that. Why not make the wiki articles in Wiktionary better by not just playing audio recordings of words, which volunteers (not the Foundation) already provide, but meeting that initiative by recording utterances and predicting whether they are intelligible pronunciations, and doing the same with recording gadgets in Wikipedia's pronunciation articles? http://j.mp/irslides I'm serious that I think the Foundation should hire all my Google Summer of Code students to support doing that, because it will take about that many people to set it up so that volunteers can complete the work for all languages, not just English. There is no reason that the Foundation can't both pay to translate Wikipedia articles and pay to up Wiktionary's language instruction game at the same time. That would have made sense ten years ago, and the budget is much larger now. We are at a juncture in aligning our long term strategy to the mission, so I hope both projects get funded. If it has to be proposed budget-neutral to be compelling, then get rid of the mobile app and mobile web versions except on platforms where they are genuinely easier for editors, not just readers, to use. Best regards, Jim _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>