I was planning on making a longer article, but due to time constraints, I'm not able to do so. However, during a 1.0 meeting earlier today, there was an interesting proposition, and I wanted to ask the greater Wikimedia community about it:
The German Wikipedia has published WikiReaders before. Why cannot the English Wikipedia do so?
There is a page in enwiki that is... pretty much dead nowadays, but that has a few suggestions about potential WikiReader content. While the suggestions are old (and probably not a good idea now, as articles may have decayed on quality), it did bring up a troubling question: why is the English Wikipedia not producing them? There were two answers that came to mind:
- No one knows about them. If users don't know that they can make WikiReaders, they won't try to make them.
- More importantly, users do not know how to make them. The user who proposes a WikiReader will probably not know who to contact, and what issues follow from there.
So, I pose the following questions to everyone:
- Do you have a group of articles that you would like to see in a WikiReader?
- We are beginning to consider how we can make publication of selected subsets of Wikipedia (or even Wikibooks, even though it is a bit outside our scope) articles easier. What suggestions do you have for the process?
- What would you want to see as the end result?
- Do you even want us to consider this, or do you think this is a waste of time?
- Would you be willing to help us at any stage in the process?
Anyways, I'm eagerly interested in hearing all of your opinions, either here, or at 1.0's talk.