Interview mit Benutzer witty lama, 16/10/2009, Skype
JN: When and actually how did you get involved on the Wikipedia? 00:05:11-8
WL: 2005 at university, a friend introduced it to me. 00:05:27-8
JN: Do you have some kind of formal roles such as admin? 00:05:32-1
WL: No. I have intentionally not stood for adminship and I don’t intend to. I am an executive on the Australian chapter and I do a lot of things that are prominent in the community but I am intentionally not being an adminstrator because I think it’s important that adminstrators … being an adminstrator an Wikipedia does not mean that you are the boss, it is just a function, it’s not a level of respect or anything. A lot of people think that and treat adminstrators as if it was a badge of honour or something to look for in its own right. 00:05:39-2
JN: You said already you are involved in chapters or meta work but on the Wikipedia plattform itself, how would you define your major activities? 00:06:41-5 Continue reading
Back in 2009/2010 when I started researching Wikipedia, I chose interviews as entry point. Here you find the interview with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. The interview was conducted on 18/02/2010 on skype chat. 2 years later you find it here – the wikipedia world moved on and yet stayed the same….
JN: What was the driving idea behind founding Wikipedia?
JW: I had been watching the growth of the free software movement, or open source software as many people call it. I realized that programmers were coming together in communities to create really great software – large scale projects like GNU/Linux, perl, apache, php, MySQL – the software that really runs the web. I realized that this kind of collaboration was being fueled by the free licensing model, which solved certain kinds of incentive dilemmas, and that although it was natural that this type of collaboration would arise first among programmers, it would be possible to do the same thing with many kinds of cultural works other than just software. Continue reading
By drawing on interviews with 16 users of the English, French and German language versions of the Wikipedia, my brief talk at Wikiwars explored the hidden layer of the translingual. In the interviews I included users with different roles as well as user with different translingual experiences. Continue reading
Jimmy Wales himself shared some self-critical thought on this year’s Wikimania by summarzing the development of decreasing newcomers with the words “maybe we lost the spirit of welcoming people”.
In a Facebook posting Geert Lovink talks about his student project that sought for critical Wikipedia research. He reflected “[t]he assignment also to write a new Wikipedia in a preferred language…. Surprisingly, with the exception of 1 or 2, students had never contributed to Wikipedia. As you can read, their experiences were a mixed bag of anger, frustration and enjoyment after initial bewilderment how complicated it all was. The Wikipedia interface seems outdated and overly complicated. And Dutch editors seem particularly rude in comparison to the English.”
While the normative concept of political public sphere needs territoriality in order to link back communicative space to sovereign entities, the analytical dimension of public space should not be restricted by the geopolitical unit of political entities (e.g. nation states) because political public spaces contain practices of both territorialisation and deterritorialisation. Continue reading