I'm still intimidated
I made all of one edit, a minor cleanup of an article imported from Wikipedia, and was informed that we weren supposed to make minor changes to articles that weren live. I didn come back until today, after hearing that non live articles were going to be deleted.
It wasn that I really meant to leave, I just couldn think of anything I was worthy of contributing. I not very skilled at creating meaty articles from scratch. I tend to make edits or additions to existing articles or create rather short stubs.
After it was announced that non live articles were going to be deleted I decided to take another look. But I find myself still completely intimidated by the whole thing. Back in college I used to dread writing research papers. Sometimes mulberry handbags sale they turned out well, but I still didn enjoy it. Maybe being a CZ contributor at this point just isn for me. Maybe I should just wait until the thing is huge and then I can edit existing articles. Maybe once the non live articles are deleted I can play "the random page game" like I sometimes do on Wikipedia. But I thought I share my own particular thoughts on the matter just in case it helps explain things. Any work you do in good faith will be appreciated by everyone. Also, there no rule that says "you are writing an article". You and half a dozen other people will be working on articles. You don need to create meaty articles by yourself. Just set the oven up, or grab some meat, or maybe help with seasoning.
It sort of like "Stone Soup", everyone mulberry lily brings a little bit to the article, and then next thing you know, it beats the pants off Britannica or Groiler
Trust me, once you get over the first few edits, it gets addictive.
Frankly, I myself am intimidated, because I don like to step on other people toes. ;D
, you say you don think you be good at making meaty articles from scratch; then try your hand at creating some good starts on articles, from scratch. I think I can speak for everyone at work on the project that we want you there. We saw it very well in the early days of Wikipedia. Please don second guess the "unforking" experiment. I mean, what if it works and people do participate more? Of course, they might not. But if they do, well, we will have learned something very interesting.
Our cheap mulberry bags ultimate long run goal isn to clean up Wikipedia, it is to create an excellent giant free encyclopedia. The primary means to that end is a vibrant community. If we can better secure those means by dumping Wikipedia content, I think we should. But this is all unexplored territory, so. And yet, as has been noted, they have to participate much much more for much much longer before CZ could even begin to approach WP in terms of reference value.
The thing is, all of us here are donating our time and effort, but that effort is only worth donating because it grows while we sleep. To take another fairy tale: WP has had, once momentum got going, milions of little elves who put the shoemaker leather scraps together while the shoemaker sleeps (probably in some other louboutin shoes outlet time zone). Whereas, with a WP blanked CZ, when you wake up, the scraps will be just that scraps.
It seems what is needed for CZ to become viable is for people to begin to turn to it instead of WP as a reference. And, if we blank WP content, there will not be a significant likelihood of people chossing CZ for a very long time, not because our articles aren better (they will be!) but because there won be an article on the subject they need. And yet, as has been noted, they have to participate much much more for much much longer before CZ could even begin to approach WP in terms of reference value.
The thing is, all of us here are donating our time and effort, but that effort is only worth donating because it grows while we sleep. To take another fairy tale: christian louboutin outlet WP has had, once momentum got going, milions of little elves who put the shoemaker leather scraps together while the shoemaker sleeps (probably in some other time zone). Whereas, with a WP blanked CZ, when you wake up, the scraps will be just that scraps.
CZ would lack value as a reference work precisely because much of its content is swiped from WP. Only until it distinguishes itself from WP can it be a serious contender for widespread use. This is true whether or not we fork. So I think you missing the point that all those scraps that you regard as CZ are not really CZ (mindshare) they are WP (mindshare), no matter whether we using them. And they will remain WP as long as CZ content is not clearly distinguishable from WP In other words, the user has no reason roger vivier shoes to use CZ if it is, in point of fact, not significantly different from WP. Granted, we can "make the articles our own," but I think your own experience, as well as that of many other people, shows that in all too many cases, doing that requires a huge amount of work. So CZ will for a very long time be in the business of revising WP, if it wishes to be distinguishable from WP.
Here another way to respond to your metaphor. If articles and bits of articles are like shoes and the scraps of leather used to make them, then our job in forking WP would be like taking old shoes apart and putting them back together again, only better, and creating good articles out of incoherent scraps. The elves only create more bad shoes and scraps. If the workshop is cleaned up, it might cheap vivier roger be more efficient and fun to make the shoes from scratch.
More on the elves and shoes metaphor:
Surely, yes, we can make better shoes than those that could be made from WP scraps. But since the shoemaker in question has, as it were, an order for 1,500,000 shoes, that something we can even if our 1,500 shoes are the best in the land, compete with meaningfully.
The main points, to me:
90% of WP users (people looking for information, as opposed to contributing) come in laterally, via Google or some other search engine. That because WP has articles which produce hits. If CZ drops WP forked content, these users simply will never consult CZ at all.
90% of the WP value is in cross referentiality that what keeps users there once they mbt shoes arrive. If CZ eschews WP content, then the few users who visit will, fairly soon on, have to go somewhere else to answer their question, as only those few hyperlinks native to CZ will offer any of this kind of value.
This leaves CZ with very little value.
If, however, our brave captain, like the one in Lewis Carroll Hunting of the Snark, prefers a map which is "a perfect and absolute blank," then my professional recommendation is that CZ launch as a single subject area encyclopedia at the start. How about Biology? We have great editors and great energy; it might be possible within a few months to create an excellent online wiki encyclopedia of Biology which would be significantly better than WP in both depth and breath of coverage as well as reliability.