2009/6/25 geni <geni...@gmail.com>: > 2009/6/25 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com>: >> 2009/6/25 Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net>: >>>> From: Ian Hawkins <ian.hawk...@gmail.com> >>>> It's rare to find anything other than top-down structures in business, >>>> banking, the media, education etc. I wondered if Wikipedia is a great >>>> example of a more open and democratic structure. >> >> Controversial topic! Wikipedians can't generally agree on how >> democratic Wikipedia is currently or how democratic it should be in >> the future. Doing justice to the topic will probably take longer than >> the couple of minutes I expect he's after. Personally, I wouldn't want >> to step on that particular ants nest without doing justice to it, so >> I'm afraid I will decline. > > Might be worth emailing him to point out that per policy wikipedia is > not a democracy and see if he realises what he is getting into.
Yes, I agree. We should let him know that the answer isn't going to be anything simple. (If anyone is interested in this topic, there is a discussion on the future governance of Wikipedia going on here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Giano/The_future The discussion is focuses around deciding if we need to have a more formal discussion about the issues. [Don't be frightened away by the fact that it is in Giano's userspace, it's being held with an amazing amount of maturity and courtesy by all parties.]) _______________________________________________ Wikimedia UK mailing list wikimediau...@wikimedia.org http://mail.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediauk-l WMUK: http://uk.wikimedia.org