Dear fellows, Some time ago, Joseph Reagle wrote that an encyclopedia must be progressive. In my personal view, something "progressive" sounds to me intuitively more sympathetic than something "conservative". But of course, these are only two words loaden with meaning, and reality is always more complex.
It seems to me that many Wikipedians or Wikimedians think of themselves as being progressive and modern. Our wikis are a tribute to science and enlightenment. Spontaneity and a laissez-faire-attitude are held in high regard; "productive chaos" and "anarchy" are typical for wikis. When I had a closer look at our values and ideas, I got the impression that the opposite is true. Many attitudes and ideals sound to me more like bureaucracy and traditionalism: * being thorough, with regard to content and writing about it * community spirit * treating everyone equally without regard of the person (the highest ideal of the Prussian civil servant) * individual initiative * reliability What do you think? Is this just my personal or national background, or has Wikipedia been build up on a different basis than we usually tell ourselves and others? Kind regards Ziko _______________________________________________ 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>