SXSW vote!

Friday was the original deadline for voting on SXSW proposals, but voting has been extended through today. May I direct your attention to two proposals:

* “Too Small, Too Open: Correcting Wikipedia’s Local Failure” — a panel that if accepted I will be on! It’s about the LocalWiki project and how we can build many community wikis, extending Wikipedia’s style of community engagement to real world communities.

* “On the Ecology of Awesomeness” — my friend Tim’s panel about the Awesome Foundation.

vote please! http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/

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7 Responses to SXSW vote!

  1. David Gerard says:

    “Wikipedia came onto the scene promising to offer a repository for all knowledge, but it turned into the world’s best encyclopaedia—absolutely nothing more, nothing less.”

    Citation needed. When was it claiming to be more than an encyclopedia? I know lots of people have assumed it should be more and will probably continue to do so for a long time, but when was the project actually touting itself as such? Was there some magical period between it being created as a feeder for Nupedia on 15 Jan 2001 and the first edit to WP:NOT on 24 Sep 2001?

  2. phoebe says:

    well, I think the comment is framing Wikipedia against projects like local and community wikis, where articles about schools, grocery stories and notable local personalities are *welcomed*, rather than being deleted as NN. But yeah, I’m with you — I didn’t write that copy 🙂

  3. phoebe says:

    And I think in fact it’s the other way around: Wikipedia itself has always been an encyclopedia project; it’s the Wikimedia Foundation, a few years later, that adopted the “sum of all human knowledge” idea.

  4. David Gerard says:

    And I see Michael Trice has said “Excellent point! Let me reassert it with no backing whatsoever for my false claim” and then closed commenting. I’m sure only good can come of his ideas and giving him a platform.

  5. phoebe says:

    uh, the panel’s not actually about Wikipedia — you do realize that, right? You haven’t actually addressed the substance of it, which I would be interested in your ideas on.

  6. phoebe says:

    p.s. and commenting closed itself last night, he had nothing to do with it. Sorry 🙁

  7. David Gerard says:

    I have not much idea on local wikis. Removing the notability and/or verifiability criteria is a common and useful differentiator from Wikipedia (see ongoing discussion on wikien-l). I suspect they’ll get taken over by local businesspeople and the local historical society nerds.

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