Dan Wikinews may not be doing too well, but (English-language) Wikipedia seems to have taken up a news-gathering role not entirely consistent with its encyclopediac mission: perhaps that's the reason. Maybe the WMF should sort out the demarcation issues.
JPS On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 10:38 AM Dan Garry (Deskana) <djgw...@gmail.com> wrote: > Splitting off the Wikinews discussion from the branding discussion... > > On Tue, 16 Apr 2019 at 07:52, Jennifer Pryor-Summers < > jennifer.pryorsumm...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > Compared to Wikitribune it is! But more importantly, if Wikinews is not > > thriving, then why not? Does it lack resources? What could or should > the > > WMF do to revive it? > > > In my opinion, nothing. Wikinews was a nice idea, but it didn't work out, > and I don't think the Wikimedia Foundation investing resources into trying > to bring it back to life is really worth it. In fact, I think the Wikimedia > Foundation isn't the right group to try to breathe new life into the > project anyway—we, as a volunteer community, could invest our time in > bringing new content into it. That doesn't happen though. Why is that? For > me, I'm voting with my actions rather than my words—it's because it just > isn't important enough compared to other things. It's okay to think that. > > Also, I'd prefer to see the Wikimedia Foundation trying to do fewer things > but do them better rather than taking more on; I think the annual plan > reflects that it is trying to do so. > > > > Perhaps some of the money spent on rebranding would > > be better spent on the projects that are not doing so well as the big > > Wikipedias -- or perhaps the WMF should cut its losses and close them > down, > > on the principle of reinforcing success instead. > > > > I suspect that significantly less money is being spent on this rebranding > effort than people might think. A short engagement with an external > consultant, and some staff time to think about it and publish some pages to > solicit comment, is a relatively small investment compared to what it might > take to bootstrap improvements to breathe life into a mostly dead project. > I don't think it's really helpful to guess about the cost of things... yes, > I broke my own rule right at the start of this paragraph. ;-) > > Dan > _______________________________________________ > 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> _______________________________________________ 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: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>