I've replied to Ian volunteering to be interviewed, as no one else has
expressed an interest.

I'll let you know what he comes back with - sounds interesting!

On Jun 25, 5:56 pm, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.])
>
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