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How do we go from being an encyclopedia to being a whole library? How do we become "cutting edge" again? edit
How do we go from being an encyclopedia to being a whole library? How do we become "cutting edge" again?
I firmly believe Wikipedia is the first step, not the last.
We have about a dozen wikis-- while our for-profit counterparts (eg Wikia) have hundreds of thousands of wikis. This year, we celebrate finally getting our act together enough to create a new project, WikiVoyage. This is progress, I admit-- but progress at a snail's pace.
I can't help but think of all the knowledge that still has no home here at WMF. I notice the Wikimedia family still bars the doors to local wikis, fan wikis, genealogy wikis, oral history wikis-- really, we turn away any kind of knowledge that doesn't neatly fit into a reference book motif.
At the same time, I notice the critical problem that is facing WMF is not skyrocketing "data hosting costs"-- our problem is a plummeting level of active editors among a dying community.