Not really much of a WikiExpert?, but I did write these inexpert and pontificating articles about Wikitravel, so I might be on my way.
I'm primarily interested in wiki as a tool to create content. For this reason, I'm also interested in some Wiki (anti-)motivational issues, such as:
I've also become kinda caught up with how to do Wiki-style collaboration for non-text media (images, sounds, etc.). I've been whacking at CategoryCollaboration, trying to capture some ideas and concepts and such.
They are critically related. I'll leave the integration of the below to you, assuming it may spark further inquiry.
One option to getting things done is to have a BenevolentDictator mother hen, who concentrates power to enact responsibility, but this does not scale very well. Consequently, DevolvePower, but that assumes people will take responsibility, which does not happen due to DiffusionOfResponsibility. Therefore, DelegateResponsibility to ensure someone does the dirty work by explicitly assigning the work to an individual.
There are many alternatives to delegating responsibility, like GuidePosts, CommunityExpectations, PeerReview, AuditTrails, market forces (e.g. OpenMeatballWiki's attempt to get people to rework more content), etc. -- SunirShah
Welcome! -- SunirShah
Welcome, and have some StartingPoints.
I wonder if we can convince the MediaWiki developers to set up TwinPages between EnglishWikipedia and WikiTravel - would be a nice feature - and help Wikipedians to say "Wikipedia is not a travel guide". --MartinHarper
Welcome, Evan! --SebPaquet
We have spent a lot of time discussing that problem, but to no avail. The simplest solution so far is to use InterWiki links (or NearLinks or TwinPages) between pages in different languages as ultimately the human has to do the translation.
The magic part would be automatic machine translation, but maybe PartialTranslation as a LinkSuggester? would be helpful. Maybe PartialTranslation of the individual words in the title coupled with title searching/LikePages? The translation could even be liberal. You take the set of all words W in the title. For each word w of W, you find the set T(w) of all possible known translations of that word. Define the set of search keywords K as the union over T(w), w of W. Then simply suggest the five or ten pages on the target wiki with the most number of keywords in them. You could try being more magical later by playing with plurals, conjugations, "slants" (don't know the term; but different forms of a word spelt wildly differently, like spell spelt spelled, child children, person people), but that's dicey. (cf. Wiki:WikiNamePluralProblem) -- SunirShah
Hey Evan. Hello. I'm pleased to see the translation problem mentioned here as it seems important to me. -- MattisManzel.
Evan, I understand your objection to what is a real name. In fact, so well that I wrote "What is a real name?" on RealName. Please add comments there, but what you wrote is already covered in some detail there. -- SunirShah
Just to be clear, our argument is that PenNames are fearful, rigid, and mutually distrustful (vs. our need for AssumeGoodFaith, PrincipleOfFirstTrust), and that we aim for the humourless rejection of identity in its entirety, qua Wiki:EgolessWiki (vs. DramaticIdentity). Further, we do not separate RealLife from online life; rather the wire is just another modality.