Magnus Manske on 15 Years of German Wikipedia

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Magnus Manske Guest

15 years ago the first article went up on the German edition of Wikipedia and the world has not been the same since! Today on the program we’re celebrating this birthday by speaking with the person who posted that first article, Magnus Manske,  who also brought us the software that wiki’s all over the world run on today (Mediawiki). As a bonus, throughout today’s program we will hear great moments in German Wikipedia history complete with my tacky announcer voice.

2 thoughts on “Magnus Manske on 15 Years of German Wikipedia”

  1. “The German Wikipedia is more quality-aware.”

    Well, that’s a myth. Lot of discussing doesn’t mean mo’ quality.
    In fact the German-speaking Wikipedia is in many fields of knowledge far away from quality-aware.

    With all necessary respect, but Magnus’ view is, as by many old Wikipedians, is clouded with the myth of “all free knowledge of the world”, “biggest thing mankind achieved” and all the other superlatives, but far away from the day-to-day business of keeping at least a minimum standard of quality in several fields of knowledge.

    Sure, the editorial group taking care of articles in the field of chemistry have won a precious price for chemistry-related journalism, but overall fields its pretty dark in German Wikipedia.

    But being involved in this community for several years I realized that the resistance on having a critical view on the own project is bigger than any effort to change this.

    So, as long as the myth that the Wikipedia is such a great project for the free and collaborative internet is kept up, no reflected thinking about the project after 15 years in the making can be expected.

    1. Tom I meant to say earlier.. thats a strong criticism, calling a lot of people out on this one. Myself I wanted to say thanks for the comment, and perhaps we will hear from people on this topic either here on the comments (unlikely, we all know where comments are today) or perhaps in a future program.

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