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117.223.179.144[edit]

Response by 117.223.179.144

117.223.179.144's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Wikipedia is awesome and marvelous. However, it has flaws. Several types of Special Pages are not updated properly.

  This page is about strategy, not general improvement. -anonymous

Gamer[edit]

Response by 71.192.72.22

Gamer's thoughts on question 1[edit]

GAMING is only going to grow further, so ensuring that all articles related to gaming are unbiased and honest is very important. There are many articles that I can think of right now that do not fit the bill. Science will also be a massive subject. Ensuring that Wikipedia is a top notch source for scientific and mathematical information is extremely important. From what I have seen, the articles relating to math and science are often very good.

Gamer's thoughts on question 2[edit]

One that isn't biased and one that caters to the people who will use it. I put extreme emphasis on a lack of bias. As Wikipedia has grown, veteran editors have locked down on all the articles they watch in the desire to ensure that their biases and rhetoric on the matter is displayed without anyone contesting it. Any dissent is quickly obliterated. This is making Wikipedia VERY biased. I am currently disappointed with the state of many of the articles here, as are a large population of other people. Bias MUST be cleaned up. Right now, so long as something is a "reliable source," it can go into an article. This makes it very easy to make an article biased toward a specific side. This is not good and the further it continues, the bigger the hole Wikipedia will dig itself into.

50.205.228.19[edit]

Response by 50.205.228.19

50.205.228.19's thoughts on question 2[edit]

If you make Wikitexts any good, students will save a fortune on inaccurate outdated textbooks.

If it is okay to add a relpy here, you do not seem concerned about the danger of having 'all your eggs in one basket'. For while textbooks can be "inaccurate" or become "outdated", data can also become outdated, inaccurate or corrupted. Also, think about the last people that did away with/burnt books. That did that 'Solution' led to? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 80.44.233.123 (talk)

Aldnonymous[edit]

Response by Contributions/Aldnonymous

Aldnonymous's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Talking as one of the Wikimedian/volunteer I would say respect to local culture, respect to local language as Wikimedia site. As a consumer, I want Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects should improve the educational content, not the trashy libel content that being edited by COI/conflict of interest Editor with certain (political) agendas. This is the problem, I think in future years there will be more people like this. Addition of COI content. (Out of context with the question by the way).--AldNonymousBicara? 20:53, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Aldnonymous's thoughts on question 2[edit]

A community that respect Neutrality, respect other people POV based on culture, respect to indigenous language, and most of all a community who does not segregate others based on race, culture and genders (it happened, cause some drama). And for WMF it would be WMF who also respect it's communities.--AldNonymousBicara? 20:53, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

86.15.108.198[edit]

Response by 86.15.108.198

86.15.108.198's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Adding to the trends I feel most internet users are not just using mobile but using consoles etc.... not just mobile devices

86.15.108.198's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Thriving and healthy wikimedia projects will strive to be more accurate and have a better way of detecting abuse as with 1 billon new users coming online soon they are undoubtedly going to damage wikimedia projects and invent new ways to get around the existing system to prevent vandalism.

72.239.208.94[edit]

Response by 72.239.208.94

72.239.208.94's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think that maybe you should check to see if all the information is true!

200.222.1.254[edit]

Response by 200.222.1.254

200.222.1.254's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Communication in-the-small, a la Twitter, or with shortcuts (emoticons). Shallower reading. Both are favoured by mobiles, because of small screen size, and constant use with limited attention span.

200.222.1.254's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Ones that allow editing in-the-small, in the same scale as communication: in addition to page-editing, tools to allow easier changes on small things - a few data items at a time, one paragraph or two at a time, just enough to be easily handled within a mobile's small screen.

Artturimatias[edit]

Response by Artturimatias

Artturimatias's thoughts on question 1[edit]

3D content comes to mind. Two levels there: 3D models as documents (like scan of a sculpture) and 3D as platform ( interactive app showing how moon throws its shadow to the Earth during the solar eclipse)

Artturimatias's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Things might happen outside wikimedia projects while using the content of wikimedia projects -> need of good and easy to use APIs. This also means that metadata has crucial role (especially in Commons).

@Artturimatias: That's a good point. We have done some initial thinking about structured data on Wikimedia Commons, see Commons:Structured data, but it's a big effort. We're starting with smaller improvements like the file metadata cleanup drive and foundational work like a standard API for Wikidata queries.--Erik Moeller (WMF) (talk) 01:37, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

94.226.183.142[edit]

Response by 94.226.183.142

94.226.183.142's thoughts on question 1[edit]

When this internet-born generation starts working, it will lead to more trust in articles on the internet. This website will be even more used than before.

94.226.183.142's thoughts on question 2[edit]

A good project to do would be to sensibilise the current generation about your trustworthiness.

What would be a way for doing that? LilaTretikov (WMF) (talk) 01:46, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

109.157.10.148[edit]

Response by 109.157.10.148

109.157.10.148's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The English Wikipedia main page design (desktop) is not even up to date with trends of ten years ago, let alone anticipating future trends. As far as I can tell, attempts to renovate it always stall due to inertia or lack of agreement. Someone (or a team) with the right skills just needs to be given authority to go ahead and fix this unilaterally. 109.157.10.148 21:05, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Anthonyhcole[edit]

Response by Anthonyhcole

Anthonyhcole's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I see a trend toward knowledge. I see a human race that would like to have free access to knowledge, as opposed to free access to the dubious assertions we're presently offering.

Anthonyhcole's thoughts on question 2[edit]

They would be building encyclopedias and other resources that people can trust.

176.58.107.77[edit]

Response by 176.58.107.77

176.58.107.77's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Dear Friend, I am an amateur English translator. And while I do the editing Farsi Wikipedia, may be may talk not a precise answer to your question. Since Wikipedia, the languages and dialects have had development, as well as the culture of each country or region, and many have a direct impact on the development of Wikipedia. As well as the management of local administrators and local observers. I see in the Persian part of Wikipedia, many editors then try very hard to expand this encyclopedia. But some of the rules, which in our culture is not just a concept and cause delete the articles. We do this because we lost a lot Editors. Another problem is the conflict of editing by robots, which discourages and shortens articles.

  • Thanks for your thoughts on this! It's always really interesting to hear from people who work on multiple wikis in different languages, given the differences in policies, guidelines, and wiki cultures. We're hearing a lot about the need to improve translation tools. That may be related to your suggestion as a way to improve the availability of information about Persian culture in English Wikipedia, and to improve the depth of content on Persian Wikipedia by translating from other Wikipedias.
  • I'm not entirely sure what you mean by conflict of editing by robots. Do you mind explaining more? How does that discourage editing? Is the presence of short articles a good thing, or a bad thing, and why?
  • Please feel free to respond in Persian, by the way. We can always find a colleague to help translate. Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:51, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

176.58.107.77's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think, if they manage to be graded, from three to five degrees، absorption of the active editor . And the other, a variety of deleted articles Eg: Delete or remove the timer Due to lack of cooperation from many people. In my opinion, the removal of articles, must very limited And by a group of active managers To be done Rather than torpid managers.Those whose activity is limited to the fussiness .

What do you mean by 'absorption of the active editor'? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:54, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Maybe you can translate better english to serbian language?[edit]

Response by 109.93.191.64

Please help if you can, by clicking "Translate this page" at the top, and selecting your language. Thanks. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 21:50, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Linuxtech[edit]

Response by Linuxtech

Linuxtech's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Privacy and Security:

  1. Wikimedia's services should default on the side of privacy and security!
  2. https everywhere. If needed offer unencrypted services through an alternate hostname, I like http://1984.wikipedia.org.
  3. Allow Tor, and other anonymous services. Wikimedia's services could be accessible through Tor hidden services.
  4. Given the trend towards mobile, the design requirements of any Wikimedia software and/or apps must include privacy and security!
These are excellent points, Linuxtech. Personally I think privacy and security will define how our Wikimedia sites are different from the other top websites in the next 5-10 years. While many are willing to give up their privacy on other sites who commercialize data WMF can help ensure that we engage in privacy practices and security that define us as the exception. Also privacy and security go hand in hand with free expression. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a good blog on this topic. I think your ideas - some in the specific, and privacy and security in general - need to be part of our strategic thinking at WMF. Thanks for taking the time to contribute. GeoffBrigham (WMF) (talk) 01:17, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

98.225.251.247[edit]

Response by 98.225.251.247

98.225.251.247's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think that Wikipedia should be more minimalistic looking. I also think that there should be editing available in every app for Wikipedia on every platform.

152.26.228.62[edit]

Response by 152.26.228.62

152.26.228.62's thoughts on question 2[edit]

you should have it to where people have to sign in and then they have to spend a certain amount of time up here each hour they spend on wiki how they get like 50 points and for a certain amount of points you get to redeem something like an iphone ipod or a samsung but something everyone would want

Most stupidest thing I have ever read, where are the 'prizes' going to come from? The site needs money from donations, never mind giving away expensive equipment because somebody left their phone on wikipedia overnight.


Vater.UCDavis[edit]

Response by Vater.UCDavis

Vater.UCDavis's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As Wikipedia use grows it may become more accepted in the classroom, particularly in places that can't afford traditional and expensive learning tools like text books. Perhaps we should consider (1) how we might use Wikipedia as a classroom education resource and (2) how to design assignments that teach future generations how to contribute!

@Vater.UCDavis: In the US and Canada, The Wiki Education Foundation is doing this work. In other countries, this work is being supported by the Wikipedia Education Program--GByrd (WMF) (talk) 01:27, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

122.56.185.225[edit]

Response by 122.56.185.225

122.56.185.225's thoughts on question 2[edit]

MAKE BOOKS AND SELL THEM. I WOULD LOVE A WIKIPEDIA ENCYCLOPEDIA IN THE LIBRARY. BACK TO BASICS. AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE.

At an estimated 2092 volumes we are beyond turning the English Wikipedia into a printed encyclopedia that will be affordable and accessible.--GByrd (WMF) (talk) 01:49, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
You can print your own Wikipedia books. There's books on thousands of subjects. --NaBUru38 (talk) 09:17, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Sargoth[edit]

Response by Sargoth

Sargoth's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Trillions of reader-users all around the galaxy use Wikipedia as primary source. Only because of the content. Make author-users happy and use the "thank you button" often.

Sargoth's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Eliminate superprotect and all other dark forces

138.51.151.197[edit]

Response by 138.51.151.197

138.51.151.197's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Better algorithms to translate content between different languages. For example there are deep learning algorithms that are already capable of translating between Chinese and English in a very prolific manner.

Ethan9988[edit]

Response by Ethan9988

Ethan9988's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Everybody who uses internet now basically searches for every other thing by "Google'ing" it , and mostly the topics of search are people , objects or maybe certain other things,which in fact do exist. So, if Wikipedia was to be more helpful and more precise to deliver the people what they are looking for in the first place would actually help them. The latest trends are only to follow the standard level set by Google and only to build up on it.

Ethan9988's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Being able to read language Hindi , I find it very difficult to read the poor translation and thus think there would have to be a lot of work done in the translation area. The expansion of internet over the Asian , African , etc. countries is taking it to a more diverse and different societies. People who can only speak/read their native language find it very hard to use the technology in any other language form, some can barely read or speak English. A poor translation of a page in Bengali , Hindi , Arabic , or any other language, is not helping people in any way that it is being intended to. So, i think a great improvement in the section of translation and reaching the people with an alternative ease of access to knowledge would be very helpful in the future. --Ethan9988 (talk) 22:30, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Volghan[edit]

Response by Volghan

Volghan's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Using a WYSIWYG editor

Some times i want to write somethings in wiki pages but its very difficult to use its editor and rules. please add better editor that can use it to create anything without using shortcodes.

@Volghan: You can enable the VisualEditor at w:fa:ویژه:ترجیحات#mw-prefsection-betafeatures, which should be exactly what you are looking for. It's in active-development, and feedback/bug-reports/requests are welcomed, at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback. Hope that helps. :) Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 23:56, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

83.228.164.215[edit]

Response by 83.228.164.215

83.228.164.215's thoughts on question 1[edit]

  • Major wikis: Increased mobile use coupled with increased content maturity means that so-called "super users" (admins et al.) will be increasingly older and more rare. It is simply wrong to expect the number of active accounts to remain stable or increasing;
Do you think that some of these features can be migrated to mobile, so that this new generation could develop admin skills off desktop? If wikis -- even mature wikis -- become increasingly mobile, what sorts of mobile-specific admin functions might develop? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:24, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
I don't think all admin functions should be migrated - at the end of the day, there is a question of comfort or ease of use that will never be found on a 3-4 inch screen: typing, clicking on specific links will always be somewhat tedious. For admins tasks, I'd advocate for some sort of "double-tap" function that would mark an article for review. Say, I'm reading something, see vandalism but likely won't bother going to the history to look when that happened and revert it: what if, however, I can easily mark it and have it listed somewhere -kind of like all edits are currently listed in special:recentchanges? Finally, there isn't such a thing as "admin skills" - it is a community trust issue, and I could totally imagine this being granted to anyone reaching a given number of edits (those rights could of course still be suspended). 83.228.164.215 09:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Hello,
yes, I agree, to have an option to mark RC and to get a list of marked RC for later reviews are a good idea.
This option is currently discussed on the french wiki (see Marquage des modifs... section).--ContributorQ (talk) 12:51, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Southern wikis: they will go straight to mobile use and never will develop a desktop user base like Northern users did. The next format is one of a mostly user/reader population -> the response should be to increase focus towards translation of existing articles.
Some Southern wikis seem to indicate rates of desktop usage on par with Northern wikis (see the WMF Research and Data Showcase, Grantmaking presentation on the Global South). What else do you think we could we do, in addition to facilitating better translation tools, to encourage creation on "southern" wikis? What about creation on mobile specifically? Do you think that it would be possible to create a culture of mobile creation that would be sufficient to meet user mobile consumption needs? One of the critiques of Wikipedia is that existing knowledge is too Northern -- do you think translation alone be sufficient to make wikis relevant enough to certain local or language audiences? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:24, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
I did not see the rates you refer to (slides 12 and 16 are not really addressing this), but I should nevertheless clarify my thought: Hindi, bahasa and a couple of other languages won't be an issue because their population base is so large to start with. Even if only 0.001% of Indian citizen decided to sit in front of a computer and become editors, that'd be 10'000 people right there. In Wolof or Quechua, that could be a little trickier.
I unfortunately have no suggestion for mobile creation - as I said, I believe that editing from a mobile platform will never be as convenient as from a desktop computer (I use a mobile device on the street, lying in bed - in any case not in a real position to work, which at the end editing is). Maybe try "speech to text" editing? Another idea to encourage edition in general would be to increase the density of red links - these are a clear call to edit, and with the major wikis becoming more mature there has been a growing tendency to hide them. This may be wild dreaming, but a bot could scour larger wikis (or wikidata) and try to find links that exist in one language but not the other and insert a red link. For instance, there is an article in bahasa mentioning as some point that Frenchmen eat baguette, well if there isn't already a link then maybe our bot could figure this out and insert a link to fr:baguette (there might be a good deal of semantic research to do though so as to ensure the bot puts relevant links). Maybe someone would then be tempted to do the translation (that is also why I would advise against automated translation - you need new editors to start somewhere, and that somewhere must be easy enough).
Current WP knowledge is too Northern because the current user base is Northern and holds a cultural preeminence (think "soft power"): every kid in the world knows Beyoncé. Therefore the issue is not with WP but the world we live in. 83.228.164.215 09:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

83.228.164.215's thoughts on question 2[edit]

There are two main options:

  • So as to renew the pool of editors, whole segments of WP should be regularly deleted so as to attract editors like they were attracted by missing information ten years ago (see Raph Koster's talk during Wikimania 2014);
That's a fascinating proposal. Does you think there's some sort of primacy to the *act* of editing is more central to Wikipedia than the information itself? Another way of thinking about this -- is Wikipedia more essentially about editing, or about making information available to the world? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:35, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
A followup -- Would some sort of federated solution solve for this problem -- where people could develop edits on a forked version of the article, that could then be 'pushed' into the trunk of the article itself? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:35, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Not so much "primacy to the act" that "low hanging fruit". Everyone has something to write about apples and China (and that is how everyone started and learned editing back in the early years), a lot less do once these articles reach thousands of bytes in length. Call this proposal "creative destruction".
In my experience merging content from two articles is a rather difficult and tedious task. I also do not think this would work because you do not know in advance who will come and edit - it depends on a lot of factors and you want to cast a net as large as possible, not restrict it to those who want to edit in the first place. 83.228.164.215 09:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Focus should be on overall population literacy - rather than expect a few admin to "do the job", the aim should be to increase the pool of everyday "soccer moms editors" who can do part of the job. Pretty much what wikipedia is all about, come to think of it.
Given your earlier response about how demographics may change the nature of the admin community, do you think admin functions could be better broken down into more discrete tasks, including those on mobile? If so, what sorts of tasks? Katherine (WMF) (talk) 01:35, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, if only because as a "status" adminship tends to be increasingly sanctified and harder to reach. You need to figure out which admin actions are most frequently performed, in which conditions, and which are most frequently reverted or challenged. I suspect adding one or two easy-to-use buttons (not links but buttons) to the mobile display could help. As indicated above, such tools could also be distributed more indiscriminately once a certain threshold of edits has been reached. 83.228.164.215 09:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

94.197.120.205[edit]

Response by 94.197.120.205

94.197.120.205's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Major trends, something about happiness, Science fiction, some unimaginative science like astronomy, with any topic give some pictures and If it can be possible some videos ! mybe it is easy to understand and finally, you asked about billion people ! people every time are busy, I not sure for reading huge amount of writing by a billion people.

94.197.120.205's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As I answered first question, I said, I am not sure! maybe it was related with the type of writing! huge amount of writing without figures and videos, maybe only writing is not sufficient to easy understandable. I really like a style of writing like "StumbleUpon", it was easy understandable, unimaginative idea, it was very interesting.

Chiswick Chap[edit]

Response by Chiswick Chap

Chiswick Chap's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The major trend is simply more users, from more places. Many from Africa will be comfortable in English, though those from former French areas sometimes less so. People from some places will have English very much as a second language: we owe it to them to write clearly, accurately, and as simply as possible.

Devices will change, in the direction of fewer constraints - they'll handle more data, more comfortably than current devices - so we shouldn't worry about them.

Chiswick Chap's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Healthy projects will look like good, reliable places to find good stuff: accurately checked and cited facts, excellent photographs, diagrams, maps, graphs and data. Why should people come? Because the stuff here is good. That means it's correct, truthful, properly sourced, unbiased, and seen to be so.


Wrightie99[edit]

Response by Wrightie99

Wrightie99's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Cultures and morals are changing gaming and computing is the 'new way', so all articles need to be non bias and respect all cultures and beliefs.

Wrightie99's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As well as respecting cultures and making sure content is reliable I believe Wikipedia is going to struggle. There are many 'poor' articles requiring work, people see these and then say Wikipedia can't be trusted so I know this is probably not the correct place for his idea but. I think there should be some sort of limit to how many articles you can create dependent on the articles 'fixed'. Articles should be assigned to users depending on their interests. But getting more volunteers involved with wiki projects is essential otherwise the wiki will be too stretched.

Stupidnooblol[edit]

Response by Stupidnooblol

Stupidnooblol's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Can I use Google Translate? I know a little bit of chinse but I don't want to accidently write it wrong.

I'm not sure if you're asking about translating this feedback page, or article's within the Wikipedias and other projects? Generally, it's best to only assist with translations if you have a reasonable familiarity with the target language, as machine-translations are often quite flawed. They can serve as a great starting point, but often require a lot of work to get naturally written translations into a final form. (Tangentially, you or others might also be interested in the new mw:Content translation interface that is in development, and available in a few languages.) Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 23:36, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

200.118.147.213[edit]

Response by 200.118.147.213

Las ideas de ALAN DAVID MILLER acerca de la pregunta 1[edit]

... Una tendencia creciente son las aplicaciones moviles y su uso practico dentro de los smartphones y tablets en el mercado, cada vez mas usuarios prefieren tener una aplicacion movil en vez de ir directo a la pagina web desde el dispositivo, obviamente recae este tema sobre el ya analisado del uso movil, pero creo importante mencionarlo para que mi sugeriencia sea mas objetiva.

... (sorry for using the google translator) A growing trend is the mobile applications and their practical use in smartphones and tablets on the market, more and more users prefer to have a mobile application instead of going directly to the website from the device, obviously rests on this topic already analyzed the mobile use, but I think important to mention that my contribution be more objective.


Las ideas de ALAN D. MILLER acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

...Creo en mi opnion que lo primero que debemos hacer es mejorar la plataforma movil de wikipedia adaptandola para los diferente tipos de smartphones y su capacidad de procesamiento, el segundo y mas importante es la aplicacion (perdonen el mal uso ortografico) movil debemos hacerla mucho mas sostenible y practica, incluir nuevas caracteristicas como la redaccion de articulos supermultimedia, reducir el peso de la aplicacion pero hacerla independiente de la pagina web. (obviamente sin olvidar la pagina como gran referente). una idea que me parece muy buena (tal vez un poco rara) es crear dentro de la aplicacion un chat al estilo whatsapp para la interaccion de usuarios y hacer asi de las discuciones mas rapidas, mas efectivas y hacer de los articulos mucho mejores ademas de crear una super red social de conocimiento humano. y para el tema de los nuevos usuarios creo nesesario mejorar la pagina y su infraestrucutra como implementar nuevos servidores de alta tecnologia.

... (sorry for using the google translator) I think in my opinion that the first thing to do is improve the mobile platform wikipedia adapting it for different types of smartphones and its processing capacity, the second and most important is the application mobile must make it much more sustainable practices, including new features such as the drafting of supermultimedia items, reducing the weight of the application but make independent website. (obviously not forgetting the page as great reference). an idea that seems very good (maybe a bit odd) is created within the application whatsapp chat style for user interaction and do so in the quickest, most effective discuciones and make the much better items in addition to create a super social network of human knowledge. and the issue of new users think nesesario improve the product and its infrastructure will deploy new servers and high technology.


Angoratoast[edit]

Response by Angoratoast

Angoratoast's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Question 2- As a librarian/archivist I think it's important not to lose sight of creating a condensed and concise way of sharing information as formats change. Usability is going to be even more important as devices get smaller/change shape/become virtual (I think google glass etc. are going to pave the way for us to reach out and put articles up in the air like a billboard pretty soon here). There are some pages/places in wiki-land that are difficult to suss out on a computer, let alone a mobile device.

Hi Angoratoast! We agree. Structured data is the future - we're seeing that even as companies develop their own structured products (like Google's Knowedge Graph, for instance). That's why we're pleased to be working on Wikidata, which will make it easier to do exactly what you suggest - to share the knowledge in other formats. Is that what you mean, or am I missing the point? (Entirely possible, it's the end of a very long day....) Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 01:42, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

190.206.142.95[edit]

Response by 190.206.142.95

Las ideas de 190.206.142.95 acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

digo que crecera pero los profesores no aceptaran esta pagina para hacer tareas

(Machine translation, please improve) "say that will grow but teachers do not accept this product for homework"

Kerothen[edit]

Response by Kerothen

Kerothen's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Hm... I would say that... Well, I do not really know. Maybe laptops? Whatever is mobile!

Kerothen's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Hm... Well, Maybe video games? Comics? Racecars? Building? Um... Pretty much anything that is actually true, and trendy right now. You could probably look at what people view most, and keep those pages reliable.


Ilario[edit]

Response by Ilario

Ilario's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Another trend is "digitalization of the information". Archives and libraries are receiving their material in digital format. For instance the archives of the public administrations are looking for the "dematerialization" and they will receive a lot of digits instead of a lot of paper. The same libraries will receive hard disks of writers or researchers instead of their letters or manuscripts.

Ilario's thoughts on question 2[edit]

In my opinion the "magic word" is not "mobile" but "responsive web". It doesn't make sense to look for the mobile, probably the best would be to look for an interface able to adapted to different devices and able to be personalized.

146.185.31.213[edit]

Response by 146.185.31.213

Wikipedia is a reading & learning website. Everyone like to & easy to read in their own language then in other language which is their 2nd or 3rd language. For example i would really like if more content & updated article was available in Tamil then in english(my 2nd language). I would be able to share it with my social website if its in my language then in English. I can speak about an article or any contents of Wikipedia with my relations & my close ones if its available in my language rather in other languages. Of course their is Wikipedia in Tamil but its contents are limited & mostly outdated and literally have no articles and other material about international topic which is the most factor we use Wikipedia.

You are so right. Personally, I believe improving content in other languages, such as supporting local community-led initiatives with grants and other means, will need to be part of our future strategy. Your point about social media underscores even more the need to figure out solutions outside traditional American-European languages. Thanks for making this point so well. GeoffBrigham (WMF) (talk) 02:04, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Gianfranco[edit]

Response by Gianfranco

Gianfranco's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The kind of expected newcomers should make it an easy prophecy to predict that the unprecedented proportions of the contact among distant mentalities will be so relevant, that we risk severely harmful consequences if we don't start working right now to be prepared to it: newcomers might, indeed, have few motivations for participating, as well, if we don't let them find it easy and comfortable to come on board. It will actually be our greatest opportunity to grow, and this, I believe, would be a qualitative growth rather than simply a matter of numbers. And yes, it will be an issue. Lots of people will be looking for knowledge, and sources, from perspectives which we had never seen before, and they will come and see if we have any that they could find comprehensible, satisfactory, easy to find, comfortable to improve.

Gianfranco's thoughts on question 2[edit]

An attracting Project will crucially be open to communication with and across different cultures, providing human or automatic translators and all the other tools we are going to create to reduce the linguistic distances, as well as making the required efforts to override natural local biases in favor of a wider compatibility with different mentalities. It will simplify its core policies for contributions (better if in harmony with the rest of the WikiWorld), so that openness can shine brighter while content is made able to easily come from surprising springs. It will work a lot on ensuring a warm welcome to anybody passing by.
A good Project will thoroughly grant access to sources, either on other WMF Projects or "outside", helping readers to reach them easily and clearly; at the same time it will make it morally imperative for any cultural repository to share its contents with the Project, defending them from the risk of destruction or loss, and ensuring that everybody on the Planet is able to reach them through WMF's Projects.
Nothing in this scheme is in a long-term scenario: huge masses of new readers and contributors will (hopefully) come very soon, sooner than we'd expect, with a relatively fresh attitude towards the Projects, so those Projects which will be ready to welcome them, will be able to give them and to receive from them.
Successful Projects (and Communities) will then have worked to fasten their relationships with the other Projects and Communities (an easy roadmap: why not starting to ensure that each of them interacts well enough with all its geographically bordering ones?); readers and users will then enter a truly interconnected system of cultural relationships, which should be way more interesting than approaching closed and isolated expressions of local biases, which can only be read, and only if there is some previous interest in that.
An intelligent Project will be ready to interact with the next billion users and with the following ones: let's work on our tools, on our habits, on our biases. On ourselves. --g (talk) 00:14, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you @Gianfranco: -- what do you see we need to keep and what do we need to change to enable this kind of interaction (in the product, or otherwise)? LilaTretikov (WMF) (talk) 01:51, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Lila, I believe that we should work to soften language-related cultural biases (we should start having, i.e., the same title for Falkland and Malvinas islands in all the Projects :-), maybe also reconsidering and eventually changing the old principle by which any linguistic project primarily reflects the bias of its language-related mentality. If we can't agree today among ourselves, there can't be too much dialog tomorrow with newcomers that we want to attract from even farther contexts. It's a matter of contents and of relationships, so I would certainly "change" the confused wandering of individual Projects towards too many different directions, I will keep on investing time and energies in developing tools (and pratices) to implement communication and harmony among the projects and their contents. :-) --g (talk) 03:21, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

146.95.94.131[edit]

Response by 146.95.94.131

146.95.94.131's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Wikipedia needs to be fair in allowing views from other ethic and cultural background. The is a lack of diversity especially when it comes to historical articles. Currently Wikipedia is based on a European mind set, it you truly want to be a world intellectual leader stop suppressing true history,Bob Marley said " tell the children the truth"

I love you Wikipedia!

Thank you very much for the comment (and for the wikilove!). At the WMF, we obviously agree with the idea that fairness is inherent to knowledge sharing. With that said, the WMF doesn't actually influence the development of policies on the various wikis; that's done by the editing communities on each wiki. However, almost all of the wiki communities have a common support for the concept of "neutrality" (in English, you can read more at the page on Neutral Point of View). If you think that a particular community isn't working with a good definition, or their definition should be updated, I encourage you to discuss it with them on that wiki, wherever they do policy development. Any administrator can help you with that, and would be very happy to do so, I know! Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 01:20, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Subcomment because Phillipe's response is so idiotic.

The idiotic combination of NPOV and a discouragement of the use of primary sources is the main problem with Wikipedia. It's destroying it, pretty much; because there's no consensus as to what's "neutral" (do we remain neutral between the anti-vaxxers who have no evidence at all and the entire scientific community which supports vaccination? Formally according to most Wikipedia policies, we should), content ends up being determined by the personal biases of people who have "page lock" powers. There are several documented instances of crank (disproven by evidence) historical theories taking over history pages while the professional historians are unable to fix them because "primary sources are discouraged".

Of course, it's going to be impossible to get the Wikimedia Foundation to recognize this: you've been warned about the worthlessness of NPOV for over a decade now, and told how essential it is to switch to an *evidence-based* standard, but you won't do it. 67.249.140.141 04:00, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Wiki.[edit]

Hello, My name is Skylar I am 15 and I use Wikipedia for 98%-99% of my research. It is a really easy working webpage, that gets straight to the point with real facts. Not just anything, any random person has to say. That may or may not be true. You know what I mean? I am quite thankful to have Wiki as a main source, because of how well it works. I recommend this highly!

Skylar, thanks for participating! i'm glad it's useful for you. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 00:28, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

2601:C:2480:69F:D912:32C9:FCF3:B05D[edit]

Response by 2601:C:2480:69F:D912:32C9:FCF3:B05D

2601:C:2480:69F:D912:32C9:FCF3:B05D's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Please correct your info more often and produce more specific results. This site is very helpful but some corrections need to be made.

70.53.51.118[edit]

Response by 70.53.51.118

70.53.51.118's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think that having more projects devoted to investigating brand new technology and advancements around the world will be beneficial to the new billion users of Wikipedia.

Alleycat80[edit]

Response by Alleycat80

Alleycat80's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Learning and education will be using richer media. Text, however important, cannot stand alone without images / film / sounds.

Nor could we forego the importance of a nice user interaction and new interfaces (geographic, time-based, even virtual reality... Occulus Rift, anyone?)

Alleycat80's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Well, they are really inclusive, with a community which is built around free knowledge rather than the "rank" of people contributing, which is celebrating the different opinions instead of arguing about them, which carries on from the online world to the physical world.

This actually has nothing to do with the trends. It is true no matter what the latest fashion is, I think.

178.93.57.25[edit]

Response by 178.93.57.25

178.93.57.25's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Wikipedia has a lot of text information. As known phonescreens has not so much space that can handle whole page in it. Also shortify information wouldnt help with it. So i think wikipedia needs to wait unless some GOOD audiorecognition system would apear. Then wikipedia could start with some mobile tools that will help mobile user to get exactly information they are needs. Users catch sentences not the whole text, so i think geting what they need by sound is the best wey to do it in far future.

I completely agree. Every Wikipedia article should have a one-click text-to-voice function (using a reader built into the Wikipedia mobile app?), that reads out the article and image data. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 08:26, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

178.93.57.25's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Future trends in information same as inside a processor it needs to be delivered faster that its all ready exist. So users needs to have more faster feedback from this info-base. Read of minds probably would be fast enough :)

69.11.241.134[edit]

Response by 69.11.241.134

69.11.241.134's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The # 1 challenge is to provide content that is usable on the widest variety of devices, especially low-powered or legacy ones.

69.11.241.134's thoughts on question 2[edit]

It would look like a Wikipedia without Media Viewer.

96.247.7.59[edit]

Response by 96.247.7.59

96.247.7.59's thoughts on question 2[edit]

PLEASE join forces with Quora. The two sites complement each other. Wikipedia doesn't have a public forum. Quora could be that forum.96.247.7.59

This is a really interesting "outside the box" idea. Tell us more! --Lgruwell-WMF (talk) 01:57, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

217.73.142.34[edit]

Response by 217.73.142.34

217.73.142.34's thoughts on question 1[edit]

html_v2 is comming, you might want to check that, faster data speed.

I think you might be referring to HTTP/2? The task to track progress of that support, is phab:T35890. Hope that helps. :) Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 02:24, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

217.73.142.34's thoughts on question 2[edit]

well , editors are a little stubborn but that's not my business :) , a new website layout perhaps but even like this is ok.

190.87.67.171[edit]

Response by 190.87.67.171

Las ideas de 190.87.67.171 acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

en opinion personal seria llegar con mas informacion a los diversos idiomas no solo al ingles y tambien aumentar los contenidos multimedia (videos , imagenes , esquemas .)

(Google translation, please improve) "in serious personal opinion arrive with more information to the various languages not only to English and also increase the multimedia content (video, photos, diagrams.)"


71.212.231.149[edit]

Response by 71.212.231.149

71.212.231.149's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The main trend aside from the ones mentioned that I would identify is increased difficulty in finding topics to which someone can contribute. This will be due to the increased numbers of stable articles (not stubs) in many languages, and the need for contributors who don't know they are contributors.

What I mean by the second point is that people who can translate, who can communicate and coordinate with other editors, who can clean up grammar, and who can research and cite topics well will be increasingly needed. These contributors aren't necessarily looking at the articles to which they can provide input (since it's not necessarily their field of interest - it's just something where they can, after looking at the research and information given by those who do know the topic, strengthen and encourage articles in).

This need will become even greater when many nonprofessionals and people unfamiliar with Wikipedia come online. Many people can contribute in one way or another:

  1. Knowledge (or enthusiasm and focus) on a topic.
  2. Ability to write good articles - skill at formatting, writing clearly, cleaning up grammar, and providing the most concise and useful summary of information.
  3. Ability to look into topics more, choose and cite literature correctly, interpret references, and build off of existing work (even without a prior knowledge of the subject).
  4. Skill at translation or coordination with people of different cultures, languages, and expertises - in order to spread and clarify the information presented, and provide help in interpreting references.

Unfortunately, only the first point is really taken care of with the current setup (people gravitate towards articles they are interested in). We hope that enough people with the other skills happen to be properly distributed among all the topics necessary, but it could easily fail for many niche topics (and topics particularly of interest to groups without as much educational access or prior knowledge to Wikipedia's methods).

71.212.231.149's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Collaboration and translation (both via things like Google Translate, to help automatically link enough information for people to work with, and manual translation and cooperation between language-bases for articles) are key. It will be important for the community to identify things:

  • Identify which languages bases (groups of people who edit in one language, or even who edit in a particular language but are not as proficient in it) are large and have a lot to offer / a lot they need from other languages bases - and launch translation and coordination efforts to help these communicate and share information in ways clear to everyone.
  • Identify what mobile and other platforms are vibrant and full of people, and ensure that Wikipedia is clear, translateable (if often in languages which need to coordinate more), and editable in simple ways from these. Provide clear explanations about this as much as possible.
  • Identify what skills editors have and help them identify where these skills are needed in articles they see.


2601:D:9080:156:863:774:DB6C:3A7E[edit]

Response by 2601:D:9080:156:863:774:DB6C:3A7E

2601:D:9080:156:863:774:DB6C:3A7E's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As the English language becomes more ubiquitous across all cultures, people from non-Western cultures will be gradually assimilated into the rational, secular, scientific, and humanities approaches espoused in Western knowledge traditions. Therefore, it is incumbent on Wiki to continue to prepare for a higher percentage of mobile users (esp in non-western cultures where cellular infrastructures is far ahead of others).

Sorry, that's nazism. - 92.100.171.195 21:19, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Luobogao[edit]

Response by Luobogao

Luobogao's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Make GFW to unlock the Wikipedia

Luobogao's thoughts on question 2[edit]

An magical and has a quantity of useful info


50.101.171.167[edit]

Response by 50.101.171.167

50.101.171.167's thoughts on question 2[edit]

make an app

Tôi là người Việt Nam.[edit]

Để trang web thu hút nhiều người xem thì cần phải có nội dung rõ ràng.

(Google translation, please improve) For sites attract more people to see the need to have explicit content

50.96.154.80[edit]

Response by 50.96.154.80

50.96.154.80's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I see a slowdown in internet use by the public due to gov't involvement and going more toward the storage devices able to store very large amounts of data. Such as one storage device for phone numbers, address, etc. but can also be combined into several popular items such as music, video & phone numbers. All this because of problems caused by hackers, gov't or speed being compromised.

119.226.254.66[edit]

Response by 119.226.254.66

119.226.254.66's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Provide free high speed internet all over the world! u r bound to get all the people.

117.199.9.58[edit]

Response by 117.199.9.58

117.199.9.58's thoughts on question 1[edit]

peple are travelling more and more all over the world and as such radio will become more and more popular. wikipedia should consider making available its data in the voice form,as this is not interactive.

117.199.9.58's thoughts on question 2[edit]

there is little scopetp alter the contents of wikipedia item wise as the present schemem is suficient and covers the needs of all kinds of readers.

make money by knowledge[edit]

110.178.*.*[edit]

Response by 110.178.*.*

110.178.*.*'s thoughts on question 1[edit]

The major trends, I identify, are to make money by knowledge.

110.178.*.*'s thoughts on question 2[edit]

Wikimedia projects may open up sub-projects like blogs, social networks, etc.

Anders Wennersten[edit]

Response by Anders Wennersten

Anders Wennersten's thoughts on question 1[edit]

the "competitor" landscape will radically change

Paper encyclopedias no longer exist. On-line encycopedias are struggling. Mediahouse is scrapping their fact/research departments

On-line newswebbs is getting better, also cooperaive ones. Expert databses are getting more like Wikipedia, a colloborate effort

This means the traditional "competotors" diminish, while new ones emerge

It puts a double demand on our Wikiepdia etc being more professional. In many ways our biggest ones are already up to this standard but many middle ones and smller ones is not.


166.170.14.95[edit]

Response by 166.170.14.95 Your Monterey article was excellent ,edinformative. everything I view from Wikipedia articals,on all topics,educates me, show me your physical office address,and to others on Wikipedia websites,then you'll be loaded with cash. your service is that great.

XboXmaker[edit]

Response by XboXmaker

XboXmaker's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I think that the cost of technology will go down, people will simultaneously get more educated and not get education, and almost everyone will have electronic devices. However, this will increase the demand of electricity, increasing global warming, which will eventually wipe out humanity. To prevent this, I think that Wikipedia should put interest on alternative power sources than coal burning, because those will help humanity as a whole.

XboXmaker's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Based on these trends, I think that a more interactive Wikipedia could help, possibly specifically designed for the classroom. An interactive resource used to highlight fun facts, make presentations, and quizzes about miscellaneous items and topics relevant to said schoolwork would help classrooms, and as a result, the next generation of children. Also, I agree with most of the people here that bias should be removed, because schools are using Wikipedia more as a resource, which can lead to many biased pages. Sincerely, A seventh grader

Begruh[edit]

Antwort von Begruh (englisch: Response by Begruh)

Begruhß Gedanken zu Frage 1[edit]

Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (oder etwas [Sinn-]Ähnliches) für jeden Menschen (vorerst leider nur auf der kleinen blauen Murmel), und damit auch die Achtung der Menschenrechte jedes Menschen (und nicht nur derer, die Geld oder [materiellen/eingebildeten] Besitz haben/glauben zu haben – siehe dazu ggf. auch unter Wikipedia:de:Arbeitsteilung). -- Begruh, am 24.2.2015, 05:47 (MEZ)

Google translate: Please help improve: The unconditional basic income (or something [of meaning] like) for each person (for now unfortunately only on the small blue marble), and hence also the respect for human rights of every human being (and not only those who benefit or [material / imaginary] possession have / have to believe - see possibly also Wikipedia: en: division of labor). – Übersetzt durch ? (am ?.2.2015)

Begruhß Gedanken zu Frage 2[edit]

Keine Ahnung.., wenn die Wikipedia und alle anhaftenden [Wikimedia-]Unternehmungen (oder in Newsprech -Projekte) den kommenden Wandel überleben (und ich hoffe das sehr) wird die (dann hoffentlich noch immer vernünftige Mehrheit der Menschheit oder) [menschliche Welt-]Gemeinschaft (sofern wir dann nicht von Robotern oder Automaten beherrscht werden, die wiederum auch wieder nur von einigen Wenigen gesteuert/geführt/beherrscht und, wenn deren [An]Führer selbst nicht immer sehr gut aufpassen, unter Umständen ebenso irgendwann selbst [auch] ganz ersetzt werden) hoffentlich in Ruhe/ohne Hast/ohne zu hetzen/ohne [sinnlos] gehetzt zu werden und mit Vernunft [viele weitere] gute Möglichkeiten [er]finden. -- Begruh, am 24.2.2015, 06:18 (MEZ)

Google translate: Please help improve:No idea .. if Wikipedia and all adherent [Wikimedia-] companies [enterprises] (or in Newsprech projects) upcoming change to survive (and I hope very much) is the (hopefully still reasonable majority of humanity or) [human world -] Community (if we will not dominated by robots or machines, which in turn again controlled by only a few individuals / out / controlled and, if the [on] leaders themselves do not always pay attention very well, may as well at some point itself [also are] completely replaced) hopefully in peace / without haste / without rushing to / rushed without [pointless] to be and with reason [many other] good chance he [] find. – Übersetzt durch ? (am ?.2.2015); Nachgebessert durch Begruh, am 25.2.2015, 08:28 (MEZ)

Tokyogirl79[edit]

Response by Tokyogirl79

Tokyogirl79's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I see anonymity continuing to become a large trend, especially as more and more sites tend to tighten up security to avoid the obvious issues that come with this. (Vandalism, bullying, spam, etc) I also predict that language will become more blended when it comes to English, so it may be a good idea to look into what we (Wikipedia) can do to make this easier for people who need simpler pages. This could probably be best done by putting an emphasis on improving the Simple English Wikipedia and bringing over more and more pages.

Tokyogirl79's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Overall I think that it'd be important to have projects with good, clear communication. A lot of people have trouble with guideline pages that look very long and complicated, which not only discourages them but also encourages misunderstandings of policy. A lot of people quote the "ignore all rules" page and then a lot of people will quote policy to the point where they draw a hard line- I should know, I've done that on occasion, albeit mostly because I want to ensure that every page gets the same treatment. (I've had a few people accuse other pages of getting special treatment.) Something that recently came to mind about this sort of thing is that it may not be a bad idea to work with people who represent some of the more problem areas and find ways to explain the guidelines and content in ways that would make sense to them. In other words, if we have a ton of paid editors misunderstanding the guidelines for whatever reason then it may be a good idea to work with a paid editor to find ways to explain the rules to where they won't misunderstand them as much. Note that by misunderstanding editors I mean the ones that do have relatively good faith and want to genuinely learn the rules, as opposed to the ones who deliberately misunderstand and show no interest in trying to learn the rules. We'll always have issues with various types of editors, but having someone (a volunteer of course) who can speak to them on their level may be pretty invaluable. The scrutiny would have to be sky high, but paid editing is never going to go away so we need to find better ways of dealing with this. We can still get rid of a lot of the worst offenders who show no interest in improving, but I'm just afraid that we may be frightening away some paid editors who may actually want to positively contribute without turning into Wiki-PR. Of course it's not an easy solution but I do want to avoid driving off people who may want to work on the articles that frankly, a lot of people don't frequently edit (businesses, etc).


183.212.219.7[edit]

Response by 183.212.219.7

183.212.219.7对问题一的想法[edit]

...物联网...

(Machine translation, please improve) Things

183.212.219.7对问题二的想法[edit]

...让全球网民联合起来编写…

(Machine translation, please improve) Let the world's Internet users together to write

173.30.13.228[edit]

Response by 173.30.13.228

173.30.13.228's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Wikipedia and Watson from IBM should into a technology called "Wikiwatson" which essentially allows artificial intelligence to navigate the massive amount of information available on wikipedia cross-language and cross subject in a conversational manner by both writing and speaking with "it".


Carlos Romulo Jara[edit]

Response by Carlos Romulo Jara

Carlos Romulo Jara's thoughts on question 2[edit]

The world needs people willing to share the knowledge to help suffering people, AFRICA is allways in my mind, so the last 27 years, I have spent PREPARING AND DESIGNING NEW AND INNOVATIVE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO FIRST, HELP MY COUNTRY, ECUADOR WHICH THROUGH HISTORY HAS SUFFERED THE DESEASES OF A CAOTIC SYSTEM WHICH IS MISS USED BY THE OLD AND NEW POLITITIANS TO FURTHER CORRUPT AND DESTROY THE POOR SOCIAL MISS-ESTRUCTURE WHICH SERVES THE CORRUPT POLITITIANS AND GROUPS WHICH PROFIT FROM MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO WITH THE NEVER ENDING PROMISE THAT THEY WILL CONTROL CORRUPTION DECEIVING THE ECUADORIAN PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND NEVER COMPLIYING WITH SAID PROMISES.

The WORLD EVIL IN NOT POVERTY, but those who practice and allow CORRUPTION TO GENERATE MORE CORRUPTION, for this reason, the REAL CHALLENGE IS NOT FIGHTING THE SHADOWS OF CORRUPTION, BUT CONFRONTING CORRUPTION ITSELF, FRONTALLY WITH NO FEAR, iT IS THE SYSTEM OF CORRUPTION WHICH ALLOW IT TO PROSPER,

Its my appreciation that you ARE THE MOST WONDERFUL TOOL TO WIN THIS WAR...TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, I AM SURE WE CAN....IF WE DO IT FOR LATIN AMERICA,

THIS SAME MODERN INNOVATION IN MASSIVE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT METHODS DESIGNED DURING THE LAST 25 YEARS, WILL ASIST AFRICA TO ONCE AND FOR ALL OVERCOME THE ETERNAL SUFFERING THIS LOVED NATION GOES THROUGH.

<private info removed> I will be glad FOR YOUR INTEREST IN JOINING OUR HUMBLE KNOWLEDGE WITH YOUR MAGNIFICENT WAY OF EXPRESSING YOUR LOVE FOR PEOPLE....

LOVE,,,

CARLOS R. JARA.

99.200.22.182[edit]

Response by 99.200.22.182

Wouldn't websites about people be nice, if deceased over 100 yrs we might find out their past lineage, such as if Justin Morgan were really apart of New England's earliest settlers, like the Mergin family, from Holland? And possible links to horses like figure, and where those blood lines have gone as far as equestrian awards, histories, etc? As well as links to history of music in this country, evolution and connections since inception. Was he a part of those or derived from the group of gentlemen involved in such things as the 'Shape note system', and which churches, or fraternal organizations got them going or kept the heritage of them?

99.137.236.251[edit]

Response by 99.137.236.251

99.137.236.251's thoughts on question 1[edit]

  1. 1 keyboards and mice becoming less used, voice recognition used for most apps.

99.137.236.251's thoughts on question 2[edit]

  1. 2 voice search capability of course!
As somebody who uses voice searching on her phone all the time, I think that's an interesting idea, 99.137.236.251. :) I'd sure use it. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 12:27, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

73.181.121.163[edit]

Response by 73.181.121.163

73.181.121.163's thoughts on question 1[edit]

many people use shared access to telephones. saved searches, already-clicked-on indicators for embedded links may appear another color, confusing the reader as to whether or not they had already read that page. cultural sensitivity is important, as editing another's posts for inaccuracies may be perceived as 'rude'. the need to structure wikipedia/wikimedia as a third space, suspended from cultural norms and regulations is highly important. egoism in user names might be hard for some to comprehend.

73.181.121.163's thoughts on question 2[edit]

instant clarification links for words, photos, etc for those unsure/ unexposed to foreign items/ concepts. more fluid/ organic/ realistic voice speech software.


Kingronak[edit]

Response by Kingronak

Since the next 1 billion represent that much more knowledge and potential to share, I would recommend that Wikipedia and Wikimedia align themselves to the goal of making it easier than ever to create, edit and share the knowledge. In order to do this, 2 features I can recommend are: A little 5 star choice/opinion survey on every page, to try and identify the pages that are being marked consistently for say Opinionated Article or Unverified Facts or Poor Grammar etc. etc. A highlight tool feature, so that even if the person doesn't have the time to edit anything, they can at least highlight sentences, terms etc. that they feel are incorrect, or leave little comments to suggest a change, so someone else who is making the changes can come in and take those into consideration.


59.99.43.83[edit]

Response by 59.99.43.83

59.99.43.83's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Wiki helps to keep everything balanced!

59.99.43.83's thoughts on question 2[edit]

All items should be noticed!

121.211.197.137[edit]

Response by 121.211.197.137

121.211.197.137's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Well, to start you should start telling more of the truth, speciall in events related to colonization and the deeds of the West. A few month ago I wrote an article about the Victorian Holocausts perpetrated by Lord Lytton and Queen Victoria in 3 oportunities, no in one, like your article conveniently describes. The the fammines from 1870 to 1902 are widely documented in the book " The Victorian Holocausts" and more than 30 million people lost their lives when Lord Lytton purposely let them die, and shipped all the available food to England. It is also described in the BBC documentary, Racism : a History. You could have verified all of this. Instead you decided to edit out that information whihc makes me think that you are more on the side of Western Imperialism and White domination of the world. It seems to me that your claim, reagarding a free encyclopedia for the the world, is regretably another instrument to progagate lies and a version of history that suit the interest of The Anglo American Empire, hidding the awful crimes that have been committed to million of nameless people without never having the possibility of any justice or compensation. Sadly I know now, that you are just another Western Institution, with the same political agenda. It is more of the same ugly western barbaric culture.


Bromine stanton[edit]

Response by Bromine stanton

Bromine stanton's thoughts on question 1[edit]

(the following is with regards to wikipedia only as I do not have sufficient experience to comment on the other projects) 1. There are several points with regards to a new population from asia and latin america that are important and must be addressed. some are pre-existing issues and would require further strategies to deal with. - the bias on many pages. this is obvious, and has been pointed out time and time again. obviously some subjects are in themselves a bias, however that does not justify there being heavily biased pages on what are supposed to be neutral subjects. Although there are measures already put into place to address such issues, they are not sufficient, furthermore, some parties with financial motivation may and may have already influenced certain topics, given that wikipedia is prime influencing space due to the nature of the advertised encyclopedia aspect of this site.

- more translations this is obvious given the new population. Whether this is done through paid translation of pre-existing pages or user collaboration is up to the population to decide. Given wikipedia's passive aggressive fundraising, it is unlikely to be the former.

Bromine stanton's thoughts on question 2[edit]

(the following is with regards to wikipedia only as I do not have sufficient experience to comment on the other projects) 2. I feel that for future projects to be successful, a base template must be made where in a certain amount of people fitting a certain criteria must be fulfilled before it can be allowed to go forward. for example, a subject on human trafficking (not the main article, perhaps a daughter page regarding trafficking in a certain part of asia and the methods employed) may require input from both an expert on this subject from an asian country within the region of the article's geographical scope, in addition to a western expert with extensive knowledge of human trafficking in general. This will keep bias to a minimum. Only once both these people have wrote and reviewed a certain article and come to a unanimous decision about its contents can an article then be published. Aside from this, for foreign language translation, it would be necessary to have several people of the translation to review the article before its published to keep reviewing errors to a minimum.

whilst this is an idealistic situation, in practice it is most likely not possible, and hence we'll have the same sprawl we get now with regards to some subjects.


103.24.97.122[edit]

Response by 103.24.97.122

103.24.97.122's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Although English is now the universal language o commerce and science, not everyone speaks or understands it.

This will be major trend in eth coming years. Combined with the easy access provided by mobile devices, Wikipedia will continue in its position of the go-to source of information on any subject.


103.24.97.122's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As more and more people gain access to the internet and thus Wikipedia, translation of the content of the English Wikipedia into regional languages is imperative. Wikipedia Foundation and its volunteers must focus on the efforts of ensuring that the content in the Wikipedia of other languages should include latest articles


Anonymous #1[edit]

thoughts on question 1[edit]

Well, I'd like to see a weakening of the dominance of English, but that seems unlikely, especially if Wikipedia continues to be so hospitable to the spammers who favor English in their hunts for wealthy suckers. (Yes, I know that they aren't all Nigerians, but that's the bad rap they get.) I'd prefer to see it going more voice-based in local vernaculars, including flexible translation into languages that don't even have the corresponding pages in the users' languages. I think the local linguistic communities need to be supported in augmenting their own translations because they have the vested interest.

thoughts on question 2[edit]

Stumped me here, because it seems to me that Wikipedia has become a kind of closed cult. I guess there must be some "thriving and healthy" projects in progress, but I have no idea what they are and therefore no baseline from which to predict the future. Apparently this is supposed to be anonymous?

Only if you are not logged in. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:13, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

John[edit]

Response by John

John's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Self-promotion and manipulation of the project by governments and companies.

John's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Reformed governance. Make Jimbo Wales's role fully honorary. Reform Arbcom. Listen to the community (ie those who write the articles) more. Reaffirm that we are not an experiment in social justice but a project devoted to writing a free online encyclopedia.

82.102.244.40[edit]

Response by 82.102.244.40

82.102.244.40's thoughts on question 1[edit]

انا اقترح عليكم التعاون وتوقيع اتفاقيات مع الجامعات والكليات بحيث يصبح هنالك نسبة من العلامة الجامعية توضع للطالب حسب اسهامه في اثراء ويكيبيديا.

(Machine translation, please improve) I suggest the signing of cooperation agreements with universities and colleges so that there becomes a proportion of university mark placed by the student contribution to enrich Wikipedia.

82.102.244.40's thoughts on question 2[edit]

لا اعلم اراها مثل ما هي لم تتطور

(Machine translation, please improve) I do not know like what I see is not developed

84.188.228.143[edit]

Response by 84.188.228.143

84.188.228.143's thoughts on question 2[edit]

hello, I guess you need to take more informations and a game would be nice.

In Sincerely A + R

Bitwatt[edit]

Response by Bitwatt

Bitwatt's thoughts on question 1[edit]

La programmazione Fondi europei 2014 - 2020 punta ad una strategia per una crescita intelligente, sostenibile e inclusiva per l'Europa 2020 I tre obiettivi fissati per l'Europa 2020 faranno inevitabilmente emergere nuovi stili di vita, nel tempo libero e nelle attività lavorative, basati su nuove istanze socio-culturali ed economiche illustrate in alcuni termini quali Condivisione , Sostenibilità, Coesione sociale e alcuni altri termini presenti sul libro di Wikipedia Voci per l'innovazione in ordine alfabetico.


Tutto quanto sopra premesso è prevedibile che ai Dispositivi mobili, a partire dai Mobile Internet Device, saranno richieste nuove funzionalità in grado di contribuire ad una crescita intelligente, sostenibile e inclusiva per l'Europa 2020: dal Mobile payment, alla prenotazione di servizi quali car sharing o bike sharing, prenotazione mezzi di viaggio (aereo, noleggio auto, ecc), funzione video-proiettore incorporato per condividere con altri utenti informazioni su grande schermo, ecc., e più in generale nuove funzionalità che serviranno sopratutto alla gestione di tutti gli aspetti della quotidianità: dalla propria salute, al conto in banca, agli spostamenti, al reperimento di un'informazione utile, ecc., in pratica il cellulare / telefonino sarà sempre più la "chiave digitale" con cui non solo aprire la porta di casa o accendere il televisore e controllare i rifornimenti nel frigorifero, ma accedere anche agli archivi personali o di lavoro ospitati su servizi di Cloud computing .

Al miliardo di nuove persone su Internet, e a quelle già presenti da tempo sulla rete, saranno offerti ulteriori servizi a valore aggiunto in spazi a gestione mista (pubblico / privata) per facilitare la condivisione di risorse tecnologiche, l'apprendimento in modo formale, non-formale e informale in luoghi quali Biblioteche, Scuole Aperte, Piazze telematiche , Coworking, Telecentri, Smart Work Centers, Fab lab, ecc. per rispondere al bisogno innato degli esseri umani di socialità e di partecipazione alla vita socio-culturale ed economica.

Machine translation; please improve!: Programming European Funds 2014 - 2020 points to a strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for Europe 2020 The three goals set for 2020 will inevitably emerge new lifestyles, leisure and work activities, based new instances of socio-cultural and economic terms such as illustrated in some Sharing, Sustainability, Social Cohesion and some other terms on Wikipedia book Voices for Innovation in alphabetical order.

All of the above circumstances it is expected that the mobile devices, from mobile Internet devices will be required new features that can contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for Europe 2020: from Mobile payment, the booking of services such as car sharing or bike sharing, booking means of travel (air, car rental, etc.), video-function built-in projector to share information with other users on the big screen, etc., and, more generally, new features that will help your overall management of all aspects of everyday life: from their own health, the bank account, the movements, the retrieval of useful information, etc., in practice, the cell / mobile phone will always be the "digital key" with which not only open the door or turn on the TV and check your supply in the refrigerator, but also access to the archives personal or business services hosted on Cloud computing.

One billion new people on the Internet, and to those already present for some time on the network, will be offered more value-added services in areas managing mixed (public / private) to facilitate the sharing of technological resources, learning in a formal way, not -formale and informal in places such as libraries, Open Schools, Squares telematics, Coworking, telecentres, Smart Work Centers, Fab lab, etc. to respond to the innate need of humans of sociality and participation in socio-cultural and economic.

Considerazioni di Bitwatt sulla domanda n. 2[edit]

Ai fini di Wikimedia è fondamentale tenere presente la veloce evoluzione in atto nella riorganizzazione degli ambienti per l'apprendimento formale (Scuole primarie, secondarie ed Università) per individuare le esigenze di informazione e conoscenza di cittadine /i del XXI secolo - L’Aula del XXI Secolo come Ambiente di Apprendimento

Machine translation; please improve!: For the purposes of Wikimedia is crucial to keep in mind the rapid evolution taking place in the reorganization of the environments for formal learning (Primary, Secondary and University) to identify information needs and knowledge of the city / the XXI century - The House of XXI Century as Learning Environment

Grazie Bitwatt, l'ho letto velocemente ma il tuo articolo mi è piaciuto. Anche in questo paese in via di sottosviluppo (o inviluppo?), Qualcosa nelle scuole siamo riuscita a farla; contattaci se c'è qualcosa che ti piacerebbe fare insieme! --Nemo 22:14, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

130.95.254.91[edit]

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130.95.254.91's thoughts on question 1[edit]

People want correct information. They want to be able to say "I read on wikipedia that..." with confidence.

130.95.254.91's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think a tiny "citation needed" isn't enough - parts that need revision or citation should be more obvious to the reader.


Farrukh1200[edit]

Response by Farrukh1200

Farrukh1200's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Well, to have some billion users we have to make the site excessively versatile , more appealing and truly informative. At least every article ought to have one video of its topic.And the articles must be full of authenticity and reality, many of Wiki's articles have mistakes and aren't based on the facts.The autonomy of editing articles should be seized at a level. More over the format should be changed now and must be having a lot of pictures and audio clips because the pictures will indubitably intensify the ability of understanding any topic. And if these desired changes would be made the Wikipedia would be rated as most informative site in the world.


Farrukh1200's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Verily, in accordance with my perspective the Wikimedia's projects are already extremely magnificent and captivating and as I am of the view that any sort of changes shouldn't be made. Let it go as it is.

Ghilt[edit]

Response by Ghilt

Ghilt's thoughts on question 1[edit]

A general visible trend is the constant loss of authors/content creators and content updaters. A possible effect could be static content, which in turn might not draw as many new readers, as desired. Things like superprotect didn't help in motivation for active participation.

Ghilt's thoughts on question 2[edit]

  • Increase the awareness that anybody can participate. To increase participation further, maybe remove superprotect to increase the 'we'-spirit in the communities.

124.40.56.251[edit]

Response by 124.40.56.251

124.40.56.251's thoughts on question 2[edit]

This site is great

NehalDaveND[edit]

Response by NehalDaveND

NehalDaveND's thoughts on question 1[edit]

There are so many mobile users are there to ready to contribute via Mobile and iphone. But The don't know how to work on Wokipedia with Mobile. I feel in my community so many users want editing with Mobile. Because if some one is travelling so he prefer Mobile. He can edit, read or so many other things in Wikipedia. Secondly we should train Admins to encourage the user to work with Mobile. Internationally we should prepare a guidance and presentation for mobile editing.

Problem will not occur, when you do this for big communities. I know so many user's are belongs big community, but one day big community was small community. So you should work equally for all. If we want to rich our content, we should reach the person. So we should follow RICH & REACH policy.

NehalDaveND's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Wikimedia is always work for Big community. They are always help only big community. Which is very bad. I explain this with an example. In our lives small kind is always protected by parents. Because they know that baby can't ask if baby wants something, baby can't protect itself because lack of knowledge and experience. But here we are provide everything to School going boys. And leave the small baby on road. One reason may be that, we are giving FREE, so if some one not doing in small community let it be. What is the big deal.

I am not aware about around the world. Because I am very small person. I am living in small city of India. I felt that Meta always doing for big community not for small community. Regarding The India next year our internet user will be increase 15% faster than this year[1][2]. You can understand why am I saying this. You should focus on Indian Languages.

I am sure meta will not give focus on some other languages of other small counties. Because they work only big community. So my advice or opinion is please build up small community and you will find that so many user will work on Wikipedia and other project's of WikiMedia. NehalDaveND (talk) 08:05, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

  1. "Internat usage in India". press release. internetlivestats.com. Retrieved 24/02/2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Internat usage in India". press release. thehindu.com. Retrieved 24/02/2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

65.190.85.123[edit]

Response by 65.190.85.123

65.190.85.123's thoughts on question 1[edit]

People will keep adding information to the Web, and people are always coming up with new ways to visually/interactively present this information.

65.190.85.123's thoughts on question 2[edit]

A thriving and healthy Wikimedia project will have people going to it for information before any other site. Based on future trends, to achieve this, Wikimedia will need to stay on top of any new information discovered, and Wikimedia may have to update their format, because sometimes appearance makes all the difference.


Katpatuka[edit]

Response by Katpatuka

Katpatuka's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Speed. I am waiting 4-7 seconds to get a page opened - without images! Especially a mobile does not need the whole page loaded at once - An excerpt when opening would be enough while the rest successively could load in the background.

Katpatuka's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Since I'm mapping on OSM and using wikipedia (WP) as reference for geographical subjects I am still missing basic information on counties, towns, rivers etc. - let it be the local or English WP. Local WP communities in conjunction with local communes and/or schools could organize projects to get basic geo-information of their region added to WP.


Rmir2[edit]

Response by Rmir2

Rmir2's thoughts on question 1[edit]

With the growing use of wikipedia I think that a growing demand will be documented information. In many cases a lot of notes all-ready excist but there is still a hugh amount of information without links or notes. I think, that people are going to ask for the possibility to check a particular piece of information to see on what it is based. This is the way to increase wikipedias credibility.

Rmir2's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think, that short information about a subject will not be enough in the future. Articles will develope into monographs about a subject, giving a complete overview of a subject and, say, scientific investigations into it. As a supplement, I think that a complete bibliography on litterature (printed or on the internet) will be an obligation in the future. I also think, that in the case of unsettled or unsolved subjects it will be required, that arguments and counter-arguments are presented for the reader to be able to himself or herself to decide if an argument is valid or not. Again it is a question about credibility.

Therefore, I think that these issues should be part of projects in the near future.

111.73.244.192[edit]

Response by 111.73.244.192

111.73.244.192对问题一的想法[edit]

在中国大陆等地区的网络审查行为进一步的威胁互联网的健康发展。

(Machine translation, please improve) The intervention of Internet by China government threatens the healthy development of Internet in Chinese main land.

111.73.244.192对问题二的想法[edit]

1.用户门槛低,例如:广泛使用可视化编辑器,减低对较为艰深的维基语法的要求。 2.对移动设备友好,有好用的客户端。

(Machine translation, please improve)
1. Lower the threshold users face, for example: by using visual editors to reduce requirements of wiki syntax.
2. Having a mobile device friendly app.

Magiers[edit]

Response by Magiers

Magiers's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The trend to focus on quality instead of quantity, on content instead of raising money, on the individual reader and author instead of billions.

Magiers's thoughts on question 2[edit]

In healthy projects, the content builders would call the tune, not the bureaucrats, functionaries and strategists, that are out of touch with the project realities. Individual and unique content would be appreciated more than levelling everything down.

Русскоязычным сюда![edit]

Википедия по моиму взгляду будет пополнятся новой информации и будет процветать на многие-многие века!!! Самая лучшая, и самая без рекламмная, всемирная энциклопедия!!! H-Remix (talk) 08:34, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

(Machine translation, please improve) Wikipedia on my views will be updated with the new information and will flourish for many, many centuries !!! The best, and most advertisingless, The World Encyclopedia !!!

2602:306:BD69:7430:497D:2BD2:E7FB:6E64[edit]

Response by 2602:306:BD69:7430:497D:2BD2:E7FB:6E64

2602:306:BD69:7430:497D:2BD2:E7FB:6E64's thoughts on question 1[edit]

As iPad and other tablets are gaining in popularity, and are replacing laptops, I think shorter articles would be useful. The "table of contents" in an article should be in the first screen, so the user can click to the section of interest, instead of having to scroll first.

2602:306:BD69:7430:497D:2BD2:E7FB:6E64's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I'm not sure how to answer this question. For historical articles (that change less frequently), I think no change in process is required. But for articles based on current events (for example, the status of an ISIS hostage threatened with execution) or anything that is current, necessitates frequent updates. These types of articles should have some kind of process to make searching for the event quick and easy (without many "false" hits). I don't know now if article updates are published immediately, or are first looked at by a moderator. But the biggest challenges will be keeping articles on current events timely and accurate.


Shyamal[edit]

Response by Shyamal

Shyamal's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Trends to look out for:

  1. There will be more sources of content on the Internet
  2. The increased competition will lead to lower attention spans among readers
  3. Mobile users will be able to contribute more high bandwidth content - videos and audio - with less review and quality control
  4. Producing scholarly content via mobile interfaces will become more challenging
  5. The niche for encyclopaedic content will continue to exist and that niche will become more concretely defined

Shyamal's thoughts on question 2[edit]

What we might need in the face of these trends:

  1. More server "intelligence"
  2. Collecting, analyzing and automatically responding to user behaviour will be more important
  3. Wikipedia will need to highlight and deliver more contextually relevant content - based on time, geography, interest etc.
  4. Wikipedia will need to watch trends in real-time and inform and guide its participants in real-time and thereby more context
  5. Wikipedia participation must become easier and at the same time keep quality high (which means we have to simultaneously evaluate participant quality - how critical are they as readers, how careful are they as contributors etc.) - there must be better carrots to wave to convert readers into contributors
  6. Wikipedia content needs to be evaluated both by automated means and through subjective evaluation with feedback captured more without heavy duty approaches like rating / feedback forms and use more hidden ways such as page traffic, page view time, scrolling behaviour (esp. on mobiles) etc.


NaBUru38[edit]

Response by NaBUru38

NaBUru38's thoughts on question 1[edit]

People are questioning Wikimedia projects from a philosophical perspective, especially Wikipedia. What is truth? What is neutrality? What is fair? What are reliable sources? Why does Wikipedia avoid original research? Why would anyone believe what anonymous users write? We must answer those questions.

We are creating content very quickly, but we aren't sharing it well enough. There's plenty of work being done that isn't reaching readers. Saving articles and uploading files is just the first step to our mission.

Systemic bias and lack of journalistic rigour are still an issue. Even if it's unintentional, we aren't fully covering our mission to provide the sum of all knowledge.

User conflicts are escalating. People are not assuming good faith. Newbies are being bitten. We must change the way we interact.

Advocates are invading the projects, hurting our values. We must never allow them, period. Wikimedia is a volunteer community that develops educational content, not an advertising service for corporations and personalities.

NaBUru38's thoughts on question 2[edit]

We must promote and enforce our values of freedom, diversity, respect and altruism.

We must strive for the best in every aspect of our activities.

We must oppose what's wrong without fear.

We must teach each other to improve every day.

And we must have fun! Without that, Wikimedia becomes a payless job.

Man77[edit]

Response by Man77

Man77's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Internet will not stop becoming more and more facebookisized, a subtle advertisement rostrum, and the average content provided in internet will stay rather at a gossip level. (Some) People will most probably continue to misconceive that our wikis are just like that and post their personal or company's profiles and demand being portrayed positively.

This is to say that I predict that interet will gradually become less qualitative and neutral.

Man77's thoughts on question 2[edit]

The demands for (new) wiki contributors rise, because the easy stuff is already well-covered, therefore maintainance turns into the big topic. Thus, it is very important that regular contributors stay in the projects, as many cover special interests that other contributors cannot maintain providing a similar quality. Therefore go sure the contributors are happy, listen to their needs and wishes, support them in case of problems. There is no backup community waiting for and able to pitching in.

A healthy Wikimedia project should stand solid as a rock against its instrumentalization for advertisement and image cultivation. We must be better than internet, not assimilate downwards.


68.9.67.126[edit]

Response by 68.9.67.126

68.9.67.126's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Since 2010 wikipedia is not free encyclopedia anymore. The bureaucracy is super horrible here.


84.182.233.110[edit]

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84.182.233.110's thoughts on question 2[edit]

my opinion is that you need more Deutschland in eurem leben verstanden?

122.248.102.208[edit]

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122.248.102.208's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I think more people from rural area and ethnic minorities who do not speak any major language will use Wikipedia.

122.248.102.208's thoughts on question 2[edit]

According to my thought on question 1, we should translate some articles into not only major languages but also dialects. It should be based on main industry of the particular dialect speaking community. For example, if growing rice is the major business of a community which speaks a dialect, the articles related to rice growing should be translated in that dialect. I know it will take pretty much effort. But what we have to do is to find a translator from that community.


Anonymous #02[edit]

wikipedia harus membuat orang menjadi terkesan dengan cara perjelas Isi yang dicari mungkin orang mengatakan logo wikipedia ITU using atau lama

Machine translation; Please help improve!: wikipedia should make people be impressed with the way that search may clarify Fill say ITU using wikipedia logo or long

Liesel[edit]

Response by Liesel

Liesel's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Wenn es Wikipedia nicht schafft, mit herausragender Qualität zu überzeugen, wird sie in naher Zukunft unter allen anderen Informationsanbietern verschwinden. Liesel (talk) 09:54, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Translation: If Wikipedia fails to convince with outstanding quality, it will disappear in the near future in the midst of all other information providers.

Liesel's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Blühende und gesunde Wikimediaprojekte erkennt man an einer hohen Anzahl an Autoren, die ständig qualitativ hochwertige Artikel erstellen bzw. vorhandene verbessern. Blühende und gesunde Wikimediaprojekte erkennt man daran, dass den Autoren alle Freiheiten eingeräumt werden, die sie für ihre Arbeit benötigen. Blühende und gesunde Wikimediaprojakte erkennt man daran, dass ihnen alle finanzielle und personelle Unterstützung zur Erstellung von Inhalten zur Verfügung gestellt, die sie benötigen. Liesel (talk) 09:54, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Translation: Flowering and healthy Wikimedia projects can be recognized by a large number of writers who constantly create or enhance existing high-quality articles. Flowering and healthy Wikimedia projects can be recognized by the fact that the authors have all the freedoms that they need for their work. Flowering and healthy Wikimedia projects can be recognized by the fact that they get all financial and personnel support they need for the creation of content.

59.135.145.222[edit]

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質問1への私の考え[edit]

...正直なところ、IT関連の未来は私には予想できない。思いついたものを言うとすればカーナビと連解して場所の情報を引き出すと言ったモノだが、それはもう既にスマホで実現されているだろうしなっていなかったとしてもなるのは時間の問題だ。...

  • Translation
  • Romaji ;

Shōjikina tokoro, IT kanren no mirai wa watashiniha yosō dekinai. Omoitsuita mono o iu to sureba kānabi to ren kai shite basho no jōhō o hikidasu to itta monodaga, sore wa mō sudeni sumaho de jitsugen sa rete irudaroushi natte inakatta to shite mo naru no wa jikan no mondaida.

  • English (Improved from machine translation) ;

I honestly can't expect IT-related future. If you want to say that you came up with things like something that draw location and information on car navigation system which is puzzling on smartphone, it's a matter of time it will be exist on smartphone.

質問2への私の考え[edit]

...例えばさっきのカーナビの例で言うと、地元でしか知り得ていないであろう情報を効率的に手に入れるという意味で存在意義は大きい。検証可能性という問題はあるが、例えばある情報を検証可能性がない(低い)と言うことを明記した上で残せる余地も必要なのかなと思うこともある。後に検証可能な資料が登場する、あるいは既にあったモノを誰かが見つけてくることは可能性として決して低くはないからである。...

  • Translation
  • Romaji ;

Tatoeba sakki no kānabi no rei de iu to, jimotode shika shiri ete inaidearou jōhō o kōritsu-teki ni teniireru to iu imi de sonzai igi wa ōkī. Kenshō kanōsei to iu mondai wa aru ga, tatoeba aru jōhō o kenshō kanōsei ga nai (hikui) to iu koto o meiki shita ue de nokoseru yochi mo hitsuyōna no ka na to omou koto mo aru. Nochini kenshō kanōna shiryō ga tōjō suru, aruiwa sudeni atta mono o darekaga mitsukete kuru koto wa kanōsei to shite kesshite hikuku wanaikaradearu.

  • English (improved from machine translation) ;

For example, say for example a car navigation system, a large reason in the sense that to get the information that you would not get from local efficiently. The problem is verifiability, but sometimes I think I wonder if it's necessary to also leave room to specify, for example to say that that there is no possibility of verification certain information (low). Verifiable material appeared later, or is already had mono because not never low as the possibility that someone finds come.

Djk1ok[edit]

Response by Djk1ok

Djk1ok's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Youtube has already taken over from google as the most important search engine. So audiovisual content is definitely a major trend. Illiteracy of new users will be another important trend whereas about 30 to 50% of the people -especially women- in Africa and Asia are illiterate and with the advance of mobile these people also will get access to the internet. Next to being illiterate an even larger percentage will only understand their mother tongue and miss out on most content anyway, even if it's audiovisual.

Djk1ok's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Popular Wikimedia projects will be highly audiovisual. Ofcourse this will appeal to the hundreds of millions illiterates as well. Solutions to the language problems could be: unspoken explanatory animations or demonstrations and spoken translation (maybe fully automised) or interpreter projects. Wikimedia might resource tools to create such animations and spoken translations.

180.233.120.218[edit]

Response by 180.233.120.218

180.233.120.218's thoughts on question 2[edit]

  1. All technology in future is gonna based on SIRI. Voice based command following one.
  2. Emotive intelligence mobile devices will rule. My tablet is my closest friend. I can confess, discuss, cry, laugh with it. Life partner in true sense.

139.164.132.26[edit]

Response by 139.164.132.26

139.164.132.26's thoughts on question 2[edit]

A more modern look!

Ads20000[edit]

Response by Ads20000

Ads20000's thoughts on question 1[edit]

People using convertable tablets/touch-screen laptops more. Usage of desktops falling but still significant. People still don't know much about HTML and programming langauges.

Ads20000's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Keep having separate 'desktop' ('click') and 'mobile' ('touch') Wikipedia interfaces, change from 'touch' to 'click' on touchscreens when an external mouse is detected but provide a switching (between 'click' and 'touch') button somewhere. Don't get rid of 'click' interface (with more links which are smaller than large buttons and take up screen space). Need to bring back the non-HTML editor for Wikipdia content and make it easier to edit the infoboxes (graphically).

Less Data consuming pages[edit]

wikipedia and other sisters sites should strive to make their webpages as user friendly as possible, moreover wiki should work on pages that consume least data possible as the next billion "internet population" probably won't have access to high speed data and using internet on mobile devices takes more time than on a laptop/notebook/pc. That would give wiki an edge over others. This is quite normal when people lose interest in the content (that is about to display) takes a lot of time to load. The next billion don't want a wastage of time just because they don't have access to quality internet connection. :)


14.202.233.174[edit]

Response by 14.202.233.174

14.202.233.174's thoughts on question 2[edit]

You need to stop being politically correct and report the truth. There are hundreds of articles on sportsmen which portray them as being innocents even though they are convicted criminals.


Minihaa[edit]

Response by Minihaa

Minihaas Gedanken zu Frage 1[edit]

Saturation is another major trend all wikis are facing. Even though many minor topics are always appearing (like new movies, etc.), many basic articles are already written and having an sufficient quality. That means that the group of people which is capable in participating is shrinking and shifting also to a higher education.

Minihaas Gedanken zu Frage 2[edit]

As the chance for a improvement of an article becomes smaller, the conservation mechanisms have to be improved in same areas (maybe: science). In other areas (maybe: new movies) conservation mechanisms might be hindering.


93.231.179.229[edit]

Response by 93.231.179.229

93.231.179.229s Gedanken zu Frage 2[edit]

Hallo Wikipedia. Ermöglicht doch den Menschen euch Spenden via SMS zukommen zu lassen, beispielsweise 50 Cent. Das motiviert bestimmt viele Menschen und es ist am einfachsten. Ich würde gerne spenden(habe sehr wenig Geld), aber ohne Kreditkarte usw ist es ein Aufwand, der mich in dieser schnelllebigen Welt den Spendenwunsch vernachlässigen lässt. Ich hätte euch schon oft 50 Cent von meiner Prepaidkarte geschickt, nach mehreren tollen Beiträgen!!!(Es heißt, Kleinvieh macht auch mist) gruß sebo

Translation: Hello Wikipedia. Enable people to get you donations via SMS, for example, 50 cents. This certainly motivates many people and it is the simplest. I would like to donate (I have very little money), but without a credit card, etc, it is an expense that lets me neglect the donation request in this fast-paced world. I would have often sent you 50 cents from my prepaid card, after several great articles!!! (It is said that a mickle makes a mist) greeting sebo
This is an great idea. We are exploring accepting donations via SMS. Thank you so much for your donations. We are continually working to make donating as inclusive as possible and are prioritizing making the experience of donating on mobile divices better. --Lgruwell-WMF (talk) 01:15, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Übersetzung: Das ist eine gute Idee. Wir untersuchen den Empfang von Spenden per SMS. Danke für Deine Spenden [Anm.d.Ü.: Die erste Maschinenübersetzung suggerierte eine getätigte Spende]. Wir arbeiten ständig daran die Spendenmöglichkeiten so umfassend wie möglich zu gestalten und priorisieren bessere Spendenmöglichkeiten für mobile Geräte.

EdSaperia[edit]

Response by EdSaperia

EdSaperia's thoughts on question 1[edit]

  1. The standards for user experience are now very high, and mediawiki is lagging a decade behind in this area compared to e.g.
    1. google docs for collaborative documents: WYSIWYG, inline commenting & discussions, continuous saving.
    2. facebook for groups/messaging: like/comment/share, push notifications, comment level subscription.
  2. Increasingly data is supplanting content.

EdSaperia's thoughts on question 2[edit]

  • Substantially the same, but simply with much better UX. This isn't just about visual editor and flow - many many small things combine to make the mediawiki experience baffling to contemporary users.
  • Better links between data on commons, wikidata and wikipedia. We should have interactive, embedded, live rendered visualisations on Wikipedia pages - we could really be the home of data visualisation and data journalism.

2.14.72.123[edit]

Response by 2.14.72.123

Mes réflexions pour la question 1[edit]

J'y vois surtout l'enfermement, chacun dans sa bulle de virtualité. Comment interpreter le mot "majeur" de demain ?

Machine translation; please help improve!: I see mostly confinement, each in his bubble virtuality. How to interpret the word "major" of tomorrow?

Mes réflexions pour la question 2[edit]

Sains et prospères sont aussi bien désuets... Bon alors, puisqu'il faut participer quand meme : faites sobre, épuré, concis. Continuez à controller (non, ce n'est pas une faute de français, c'est le truc qui s'impose !)de plus en plus : ça va être logarithmique !

Merci d'être là Wiki ! Martine

Machine translation; please help improve!: Healthy and prosperous are both obsolete ... Well then, since we participate anyway: make sober, clean, concise. Continue to check (no, this is not a fault of French is the thing that is a must!) More: it will be logarithmic! Thank you for coming Wiki! Martine

92.90.17.141[edit]

Response by 92.90.17.141

Mes réflexions pour la question 1[edit]

...répondez ici... Je suis d ' avis que le site ce dois de resté léger , il faut compté sur les petits débits , donc il est très bien comme cela

Non-native translation; please help improve!: …answer here… I am of the opinion that the site ought to remain lightweight, what it needs to pay attention to are some small flows, so it's quite good as it is now.

Mes réflexions pour la question 2[edit]

...répondez ici... Comme celui ci , qui est très bien

Machine translation; please help improve!: Such as this, which is very good

203.111.224.49[edit]

Response by 203.111.224.49

203.111.224.49's thoughts on question 1[edit]

More people might be interested in buying and selling items online, as more will want to search for guidelines in choosing the best product in a particular category. The results demanded are the more specific ones. It will be sufficient for someone to stay and be contented with what has been provided.

203.111.224.49's thoughts on question 2[edit]

All that is needed are specific details about what many people search so there will be no need to search in Google. To provide the exact thing that people want is the best to do.

62.208.20.10[edit]

Response by 62.208.20.10

62.208.20.10's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The growing number of mobile users will be looking for geotagged information with realtime qualities. The authoring techniques should be modernized.

62.208.20.10's thoughts on question 2[edit]

There are lot of themes with more than 1 possible "truth". The present methods will not guarantee a neutral point of view in future. I fear wikipedia will one day loose its unique character.

Articles with high potential for controversy should exixst side by side. Wikipedia cannot decide about big controverses but expose the points of view.


ImNotJaness[edit]

Response by ImNotJaness

ImNotJaness's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Mobile: Definition: A movable piece in which cannot be transported. Having the ocean in the palm of your hand is major. It's like owning the world. I happen to have the Wikipedia app on my phone. I go to Wikipeida on my Asus Laptop; half Gamer Machine, half optic-medicinal computer. To have people be more aware of the power they have in the palm of their hand is crucial. After the Iraqi/Afghanistan War it is imperative to emphasize that most of the new users have never seen a Television. We're already on HD. So, just say Hey! This is what is used on mobile, YOU HAVE A TINY COMPUTER IN YOUR HAND THAT YOU CAN LISTEN TO MUSIC TO! Enough is said.

ImNotJaness's thoughts on question 2[edit]

This is a scary question because what drives wikimedia is simplicity. We, the frequent users of wikimedia are used to the simplicity. "Newbies" would not be attracted to the interface but the... Fact you can put whatever you want. A Wiki project would be arduous. Which means unfortunately, most new users would not be able to put their stamp on history. But who we want to see, say, and want is something that can help us! Search engines can do so much and we need these new users to show us the way to go. Keep the simplicity, but "Make It Rough" (Ice Cube, Tear This Mutha Up.)

223.176.0.135[edit]

Response by 223.176.0.135

1> सब देश का राषटीय भाषा में output देने की सुविधा ।

Machine translation; please help improve!: All of the national language of the country to facilitate the output.

Aschmidt[edit]

Response by Aschmidt

Aschmidt's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Due to the superprotect affair I have become a critical observer of the Wikimedia projects, watching developments from a distance. I support the Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, as do over 940 other authors. You should think about this in the first place, please.

Aschmidt's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Due to the superprotect affair I have become a critical observer of the Wikimedia projects, watching developments from a distance. I support the Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, as do over 940 other authors. You should think about this in the first place, please.


98.203.1.134[edit]

Response by 98.203.1.134

(1) I see a Netaissance, where the world fits into a pocket and everything we touch comes to life or dies. We go public instinctly, one person is now like a complete company able to effect the whole world or any one in the world at any time. We are always on 24/7. (2) Sharing of the old craft secrets mixing in with the new technology, building a new future like never before. It is like the old mediaeval times are meeting up with the modern world. We can give a hand, we can share an idea, we can make a difference. We are all doctors, lawyers, plumbers and artist that now can share a skill which gives hope, builds faith in the human spirit. C.B.F. Feb, 24th 2015

Iry-Hor[edit]

Response by Iry-Hor

Iry-Hor's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I am a bit worried about the rise of mobile use for two reasons: i) unfortunately a majority of the edits from mobile users are vandalism and; ii) mobile platforms do not favor content editing. Constructive edits from mobile users are almost always small (but useful!) stuff such as correcting typos, missing words etc., while virtually all mass content edits (e.g. bringing an article to GA or FA status) are made from computers. I guess this simply follows from the physical keyboard. I fear that the increasing use of mobile devises leads to a decrease in bulk edits. I hope I am wrong!

Iry-Hor's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Healthy wikipedia projects are projects with many editors. That is all that is needed to improve both the quality and quantity of content as well as the liveliness of wikipedia projects. Strategies to encourage project involvement must aim at increasing the number of active editors in general (as opposed to aiming for specific projects). Many editors also means editors interested in many subjects and thus better coverage of under-represented themes (such as articles geolocated in Africa). Wikipedia lives on surprisingly few editors: roughly 10,000 editors have made more than 6000 edits, i.e. a disproportionately small percentage of people. Ride the wave of the news web users by making sure more people edit wikipedia, for exemple give registered users more ways to thank IP editors (the "Thank" button should be made available for IP-edits!!!).


Patas do Leão[edit]

Response by Special:Contributions/Patas do Leão

Patas do Leão thoughts on question 1[edit]

Obviously most trends nowadays are related to the personal ego, like facebook, youtube. But I see Wiki as a tool of education and knowledge, and I believe that the partnerships will be more simplified in the future. (Network-School, Network-library, Network-Mall...)

Patas do Leão thoughts on question 2[edit]

You guys can work with the teenagers, beeing a major tool of education and knowledge around the world with partnerships and technologic, inside anywhere we could wait, seet and look for the keywords of your website.


163.153.27.216[edit]

Response by 163.153.27.216

163.153.27.216's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...Make the website more fun looking, sort of like ios 8 on apple, make it look crisp so people will flock to it more

163.153.27.216's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...ios 8 or like an apple iphone


Eng.mhmdtrq[edit]

Response by Eng.mhmdtrq Dear mr or mrs i have participitated in this page in order to i could add my thought, im not a specialist or expert in everything but i have ability to express my idea.. i want to add some topics in order to users of wiki could collect and write the topic and data in best way finally to be aproved my me the thought generateer and the relative nor related govern ate... kind regards mt

208.253.125.129[edit]

Response by 208.253.125.129

208.253.125.129's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Mobile is just the precursor to full-fledged digital Aristotles. More precisely, personal digital assistants (PDAs) will be the vehicles that come, to sites like Wikipedia, to find and retrieve knowledge.

208.253.125.129's thoughts on question 2[edit]

It may be irrelevant what this site looks like when PDAs are the normal as the information retrieved will be presented by the assistant's software. However, there will probably be visitors to this site for curiosity's sake and those that want to do their own research, and, of course, there will still be those that contribute to the spread of knowledge, but it may very well be their PDAs that are doing the work. Eventually all information sites will need to interface with the digital assistants of the time. To keep any branding will require advance integration with PDAs, or make your own.


5.232.82.86[edit]

Response by 5.232.82.86

باید ویکی پدیا مطالبش را خوب وبهتر کند ومطالب بد وبیخود بدون اسناد را حضف کند.

Machine translation; please help improve: Wikipedia is better to be good to their contents without documents Hzf Vmtalb Vbykhvd is bad.

194.113.40.60[edit]

Response by 194.113.40.60

194.113.40.60's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Build a version of wikipedia for VR-/ Augmented Reality

194.113.40.60's thoughts on question 2[edit]

A version for augmented reality which works while driving or other critical situations and don't make problems for your sight

90.7.9.145[edit]

Response by 90.7.9.145

Mes réflexions pour la question 1[edit]

Quelles tendances majeures identifiez-vous, à part le mobile et le milliard de nouveaux utilisateurs ?

Je pense qu'Internet va permettre d'ici quelques années d'avoir accès rapidement à toutes les informations. Le point faible est la sécurité qui devra être améliorée, afin de protéger les données personnelles des internautes. Wikipédia est un excellent relais pour accéder aux informations. La publicité abusive par contre est un frein qui fait perdre beaucoup de temps. L'internaute la subit et réagit mal à ces intrusions intempestives.

Machine translation; please help improve: I think the Internet will allow a rapid access to all information within a few years. The weakness is the security, which should be improved in order to protect the personal data of the users. Wikipedia is a great relay to access information. Abusive advertising is a drag over which people waste time. The user experiences it and reacts badly to these unwanted intrusions.

Mes réflexions pour la question 2[edit]

En fonction des tendances futures que vous jugez importantes, à quoi ressembleraient des projets Wikimedia sains et prospères ? Wikipedia devra rester autonome et ne pas subir le diktat des financiers, faute de quoi il perdra un énorme public. La Publicité se doit d'etre intelligente mais pas envahissante. On pourrait accéder en direct à des interlocuteurs, grace à Wikipedia, comme un accès téléphonique ?

Marie51

Machine translation; please help improve: Wikipedia will remain independent and will not submit to the diktat of financial, otherwise it will lose a huge audience. Advertising must be smart but not intrusive. We could access live interlocutors, thanks to Wikipedia, like telephone access?

201.220.215.12[edit]

Response by 201.220.215.12

Las ideas de 201.220.215.12 acerca de la pregunta 1[edit]

Tendencia a guerras y destrucción de la humanidad, crisis, caos, estres.

Machine translation; please help improve: Tendency to wars and destruction of humanity, crisis, chaos, stress.

Las ideas de 201.220.215.12 acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

Láncen un satélite Wikipedia para que este sitio llegue a escala Global sin costo por el tiempo que se pueda y en el futuro no se pierda la valiosa información y les sirva a futuras generaciones. Saludos

viki den faydalanmak isteyenler üye olmalıdır

Machine translation; please help improve: Wikipedia launch a satellite for this site to reach global scale without cost as long as possible and in the future the valuable information is lost and serve them to future generations. regards.

Hfbn[edit]

Response by Hfbn === Mes réflexions pour laquestion1;; l'internete a bien marquer sa place dans les domaines informatiques ,fiscales,scientiphiques,sociales et securites. en s appuiant sur de nombreuses fonctions telle que le transferes des donners depuis une machine a un'autre.donc,a mon avis la reponse sera tres simple .ces deus tendandes precis avant,contunueront leurs evolutions les chaines productives et commerciales presenteront encore plus des machines simples engendrant des fonctions techniques tres pratiques qui servent a ameliorer la maniere du bien etre pour une communautee encore plus large et diversifier.

Machine translation; please help improve: the internete has marked its place in the IT areas, fiscal scientiphiques, social and securities. s in appuiant on many functions such as the Donners transferred from one machine un'autre.donc in my opinion the answer is very simple .these deus tendandes precise front contunueront their evolutions productive and commercial chains will present more simple machines generating very practical technical features that serve to improve the well being of the way for a COMMUNAUTY even wider and more diverse.

Mes réfleions pour la question 2[edit]

...répondez ici...

avant de proposer une reponse a cette question il est necessaire de marquer que ce proget innovant qui s appele wikipedia presente un grand pas et un soutien tres larges pour tous les internautes. les progets qui forment wikipedia actuellement se bases sur des sujet qui s'etend sur des champs culturelles tres larges et infini,d'une part,et de l autre part, les informatitiens experementers et les debutants peuvent toujours acceder au contenue a tous moments, cela a presentè toujours un support aux aplications et progets wiki. le developement de ces proget existants et les enrichires par des nouveautes actuelles qui engendres tous les domaines,represente la bonne maniere de garder un proget wikipedia prospéres.

''Machine translation; please help improve: before offering an answer to this question it is necessary to mark that this innovative proget that s called wikipedia presents a big step and a very wide support for all users. PROJECTS HAPPEN wikipedia is currently forming bases on subject that extends on very broad cultural fields and infinite, on the one hand and the other hand, informatitiens experementers and beginners can still access the contained at all times, it always has a support for aplications and HAPPEN wiki. the developement of these existing proget and enrichires by current novelties which begettest all fields, represents the right way to keep a prosperous proget wikipedia.

Owencg424[edit]

Response by Owencg424 as of right now, all teachers do not let us use wikipedia as a credible source, because it can be "changed by anyone, anytime". I for one, know that this is not true, but i think that you guys need to do something to tell everyone that wikipedia IS a credible source.

Sänger S.G[edit]

Response by Sänger S.G

Sänger S.G's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I expect more power grabs by the WMF (like superputsch and global banning), who's acting quite often against the communities lately.

Sänger S.G's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Giving back the project from the ivory tower in SF to the communities, who deliver absolutely everything of value here: content, donations, lots of programming, organisation, troll fighting....

Why is this "Community consultation" not in the communities? You've got tons of money and hordes of paid "community liasons", make them do their job in the communities. This should happen not here in some far-off meta-page, only for nerds, but where the real action is, in the projects themself.

User:Sänger S.G, I really wish we could take it to the communities. :) Unfortunately (for this case), we don't really have hordes of community liaisons, though, and the communities are still far too numerous for us to be able to cover them. I agree with you that best impact consultations will happen once we can. I've long been interested myself in reaching people where they work - in my first years as a volunteer, I think I hardly ever visited Meta. I think improved methods of doing that are key to our community health, not only for Wikimedia Foundation/volunteer interaction but for thriving interwiki collaboration. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 19:34, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
You've got multi-millions in your pockets, just a few bucks are really needed for maintenance, and instead of wasting it on such still-born stuff like Flow or the useless bling-thing MV and the resulting aggression with superputsch against the communities by the WMF, perhaps you should use them more pro-community. OK, that may sound like a weird idea for those detached persons in the ivory tower in Frisco, those that prefer superputsch to arguments, but for normal people this seems to be a rather good idea. ♫ Sänger - Talk - superputsch must go 19:42, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Do you have specific ideas on where you think that budget could be spent to help the community? --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 19:46, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
No, no specific ideas. Just anything more with the communities, less in shady backrooms like mailing lists or phabricator or such, definitely some decent apologies to the at least two communities the WMF explicitly declared war against with superputsch, some reaction, that clearly shows the WMF has grasped that it was completely wrong in that regard and that things like the hostile implementation of MV against the communities was something to never ever do again. Unless the main culprits go to Canossa, I don't think real trust can be regained by those in Frisco. And yes, that may be some kind of generalisation, but as nobody over there reigned the culprits in and showed support for the communities, it seems to be well deserved.
Perhaps you should just stop spamming so excessively in the yearly begging spree with that huge amount of bucks in the coffers, you could maintain the Wikiverse for decades with that money. ♫ Sänger - Talk - superputsch must go 20:39, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

68.3.69.21[edit]

Response by 68.3.69.21

68.3.69.21's thoughts on question 1[edit]

My personally opinion's on this matter is that wikipedia should get like maybe 500 more server's for faster processing speed's. We could start more donation's to help wikipedia grow as a whole.


94.120.3.77[edit]

Response by 94.120.3.77

Benzersiz bir UI/UX Deneyimi Mobil uygulamalar Yarışmalar

Machine translation; please help improve: Unique UI / UX experience of mobile applications Contests

89.17.109.133[edit]

Response by 89.17.109.133

أنشأو حساب على تويتر وفيسبوك وغيره

Machine translate; please help improve: Onco account on Twitter and Facebook and other

93.168.110.124[edit]

Response by 93.168.110.124

هدف كل من المستخدم هو المعلومات الموثوقه ولديه ادله واققيه وصور --93.168.110.124 15:11, 24 February 2015 (UTC)--93.168.110.124 15:11, 24 February 2015 (UTC)--93.168.110.124 15:11, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Machine translation; please help improve: The user is reliable information and has evidence Aqekaya and Photos

197.144.88.208[edit]

Response by 197.144.88.208

197.144.88.208's thoughts on question[edit]

الجرائد و المجلات

Machine translation; please help improve: Newspapers & magazines

197.144.88.208's thoughts on question 2[edit]

هدا المشروع قد افاد الملايير من الناس لدا واصلو

Machine translation; please help improve: This project has benefited billions of people s continued

193.90.61.105[edit]

Response by 193.90.61.105

To get more users on wikipedia, get a more colorful webpage that's not so grey! This is a very important fact you guys need to realize..

98.25.142.46[edit]

Response by 98.25.142.46

98.25.142.46's thoughts on question 1[edit]

This IS the technology era..

98.25.142.46's thoughts on question 2[edit]

They should have some sort of sense of humor


50.199.250.94[edit]

Response by 50.199.250.94

50.199.250.94's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...This is a non-predictable question. Steve Jobs spent not ten years turned this world into mobile. Who and what is next? We would never know.

50.199.250.94's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...Asian and African users will keep growing as long as their economy grows. Also, China and other countries policies may infect the user population


紗紗[edit]

Response by 紗紗

紗紗对问题一的想法[edit]

P2SP分佈式伺服器,任何人皆可為他人提供站點的鏡像或成為伺服器群的其中一員,以便增強網站的可用性和速度,同時也能為主站伺服器群提供減負效果。

Machine translation; please help improve:P2SP distributed servers, site mirroring, or anybody can give to others as one server group, in order to enhance Web site usability and speed, but also can master station servers providing lightening effect

紗紗对问题二的想法[edit]

通過增加P2SP的志願者讓人類在全球任何一個角落都能毫無障礙地訪問維基,並大幅縮短他們獲取所需信息所花費在網路問題上的時間,從而讓更多的人認識並加入到維基項目裏。
另外通過P2SP衍生出的離綫模式則有效幫助暫時沒有網絡的人也能閱讀維基,甚至在在綫時將他們離綫編寫的內容同步到互聯網上。

Machine translation; please help improve: By adding P2SP volunteers of humanity in every corner of the globe can access Wikipedia without any obstacles and greatly shorten their takes to obtain the required information on network problems at the time, so as to let more people know and add to the wiki project. Offline mode are derived through P2SP effective help for the time being there is no network of people can read the wiki, even when online synchronize offline content written to them on the Internet.

Jacare8888[edit]

Response by Jacare8888

Jacare8888's thoughts on question 1[edit]

1.) I see technology trending for speed accessing information from Wiki, plus away to handle it, like in presentation, translation and distribution.

Jacare8888's thoughts on question 2[edit]

2.) I would like to see expansion of Wiki in media publication. Adapting verbiage in to graphics back and forth. This will help with vocal opinions comparing to Wiki facts. Translation programs, that can publish video presentations with 3D animated speakers and computerized on the fly voice over capacities, recorded real time, as file media as well physical. The future of fact finding data research and presentation or the use of the data will explode.

Anonymous #3[edit]

Die deutsche wikipedia braucht dringend mehr Freiheit auf der einen Seite - und mehr Herausfiltern von Werbung und Eigenlob auf der anderen Seite

Translation: The German wikipedia urgently needs more freedom on the one hand - and more filtering of advertising and self-praise on the other side

92.224.117.1[edit]

Response by 92.224.117.1

92.224.117.1's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...write here…

92.224.117.1's thoughts on question 2[edit]

..., wer sagt das eine schliesse das andere aus hat den Begriff Freiheit nicht verstanden und schliesst sich aus dem Kreis möglicher Mitarbeit an der Wikipedia aus!

also viel Erfolg beim Reformieren der deutschen wikipedia!

translation: ..., who says the one excludes the other has not understood the concept of freedom and excludes himself from the circle of possible participation in the Wikipedia! so much success in the reform of the German wikipedia!

206.213.251.32[edit]

Response by 206.213.251.32

206.213.251.32's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...write here… A need for factual information but with respect for all readers regarding their faith, which, while often contrary to accepted facts, may also limit the acceptability and use of Wikimedia. This consideration would only be made in articles regarding faith, not science or fact based articles.

206.213.251.32's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...write here… I believe the funding of this website and media projects would be helped by instituting educational programs which call upon the information already contained in Wikipedia. Course work would require reading and understanding the information related to a certain, certifiable area of knowledge. Funding would be possible by charging for proctored exams held in various cities at scheduled events, for which the participant would pay to then take and pass the test. Evidence of passing, which would be confirmed by a carefully proctored and identity validated process, would become a "poor man's degree;" but definitely a thing of value in a world where other socially validated certificates/degrees of learning are unattainable for many or most. I could also envision a program of subsidizing the cost of these exams by people of greater means who wish to support education in the world.

That is a very interesting idea. I am very encouraged by the rise of MOCs. I agree that Wikipedia should have a role in helping to educate those who are left out of formal education. --Lgruwell-WMF (talk) 01:34, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

158.91.185.77[edit]

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158.91.185.77's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Mobile app based community

158.91.185.77's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Advertising

5.150.98.189[edit]

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5.150.98.189's thoughts on question 1[edit]

1) The wiki team have been very good at updating the wiki formats to the latest HTML and various versions. WELL DONE.

The wiki team have been very bad at recognizing that the major trend is _not_ one of the population closely following the leading curve. NOT WELL DONE.

For example, last year (2014) over a third of UK employers (nearly a half) still used Microsoft Explorer 8 and Windows XP or earlier!!! The figure for home PC was broadly similar. This even though last year saw a boom in smart phone use and wifi access via smart phone using the latest smart phone browsers.

Do you see the mis-match?

This is a classic example of human development. (The much trotted out analogous example is that there are as many horses alive in London and the home counties today as there were in Victorian times. (Do check this out as I can sense your disbelief...)

However whereas 4 years ago you could use MS IE8 and save a wiki page as a coherent .mht file today you cannot save a wiki page using IE10 and have it correctly read by IE8.

The wiki team needs to ensure that any developments can be correctly used a) by previous software systems, and 6) that files used by the latest system can be saved and used by earlier systems.

One thing we know for sure, more and more software systems will come into existence. The overall number of users will increase. But equally there will always be an inertia population using old systems. This last will change. The current trend especially during the recession is not to upgrade home PCs unless you need to. One can see in the future a trade of used moblies from the developed world to the developing world.

5.150.98.189's thoughts on question 2[edit]

The projects can 'look' the same. This is part of the wiki brand. Keep things consistent even if the platforms are developing. And as per above ensure that they are retro-functional.

174.45.88.171[edit]

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174.45.88.171's thoughts on question 2[edit]

It seems that going to mobile devices may be a temporary trend to bridge the gap as new users become more affluent they will purchase devices with larger displays. This, of course, is pure speculation. As an early adopter I started with a CRT since it was the only option. I have tried using the internet on phones and have abandoned the idea. I think users will migrate upscale to larger devices after they become more affluent.

Another trend may be the purchase of smart TVs with built-in web browsers.

Also, power requirements should be examined by Wikipedia managers. A sustainable strategy for powering the server farms must be considered to eliminate carbon footprint.

Also, the problem of link rot is affecting Wikipedia and the web in general. Wikipedia should be requiring that all reference and footnote links should be directed to permanently archived sources. This is becoming a huge problem very quickly.


WIKIPEDIA:its an awesome contribution.....it isn't surprising to say hat it created this era as "WIKIera".there's nothing with us to do without this near us.its more than 1000books reading at once..V all are alwys debt to u..♥♥♥

190.67.223.137[edit]

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Las ideas de 190.67.223.137 acerca de la pregunta 1[edit]

ami pareser identifico que el cono cimiento de nuevas tecnologias estaran mas ala mano y que el futuro de nuestro avanze esta en todos los proyectos libres que se encuentran en desarrollo y que el mundo en si tiene que apro piarse de estos recursos, ya no setratara de alquien que iniciara un proyecto por cuenta propia sino que se tendra el acompañamiento del pais del mundo llaque hay muchos ejemplos en donde ya se aniciado y al ver los resultados obiamente todos deberemos ir para el mimo lado

Machine translation; please help improve: ami pareser identify the foundation of new technologies cone wing keychain hand over the future of our avanze this in all the free projects that are in development and that the world itself has to ap ly cleaned of these resources, no longer setratara of someone who started a project on their own but the accompaniment of country in the world will have Llaque are many examples where already been aniciado and seeing the results obiamente all must go for pampering side

Las ideas de 190.67.223.137 acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

wikipedia al mantenerse informado de todos estos avances tiene una posicion privilegiada porque seria una retro alimentacion al poner ese cono cimiento al alcanse de toda la comunidad que esta formada al rededor de la wiki es muy probable que todos unamos esfuersos para sequir mejorando ala wiki EJ:mejoras de hardware y software etc. por desir algo

Machine translation; please help improve: Wikipedia to keep informed of all these developments has a privileged position because it would be retro feeding to put this foundation cone to alcanse whole community that is formed around the wiki is very likely that all join esfuersos to look any further improving wiki Wing EJ: hardware and software upgrades etc. by desir something

190.9.201.234[edit]

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190.9.201.234's thoughts on question 1[edit]

I personally think about the education, more and more estudents are going away from the traditional education systems, and i also think that the most users you have are students, and probably that will help you.Also you can improve the wiki's content on another languages and regions, because i´m not for NA, I´m for latin america, and the content on some articles is not the best, like in NA

190.9.201.234's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I writed it before in the answer above


Vercoust[edit]

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Vercoust's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Pages with historical content requires a lot of research that cannot be made quickly and requires full writing and management of multiple references and sources that could not be done from a mobile device. Also this work is often done by retired people (as seniors as 80 years old) with limited usage of computers, the Web and mobile phones. Even if this category of users will tend to disapear over time, there will still be work that will need more complex device to be published.

Vercoust's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Collaborative work to be done at a higher level than today collaborative "editing" under Wikimedia. Identification of individual significant contribution should be stamped.

Daha iyi damga vurmak istiyorsanız biraz da hammedeyi yazdığınız elemenlerden hangilerinden patlayıcı olduğunu hangilerinin birbirini yok ettiğine değinebilirsiniz. yada bir hırsıza yol göstere bilirsiniz G8 ülkelerini açıkladığınızda burda hırsız iyi iş yapar çünkü ekonomik sıkıntı yok para çok bu ülkede diyebilirsiniz. ve oxfortta verilen öğretim sistemini açığa kavuşturup burda araştırmacılara suna bilirsiniz. ve orta doğunun kendisini sümürgediğini söyleye bilirsiniz bir ortadoğu araştırmacısına sizden istiyeceğim tek şey burdaki bilgilerin tümüne gerçekten sahipseniz açık sözlü biraz daha açık sözlü olun böylelikle insan hayatını kolaylaştıra bilirsiniz.


12.1.154.2[edit]

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12.1.154.2's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...write here…

12.1.154.2's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...write here…First of all wiki should get real information and not have students and others in the world stressed because the answer might be wrong everyone want the right answer not just what people thing the answer is because students all around the world want wiki to give correct information which will be less stressful its hard for everyone to think wiki will lie about important information. But all you guys need to do it try harder to give the right information.


212.99.10.164[edit]

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212.99.10.164's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The main trend and the most structuring one will be the increasing use of mobile as personal assistant, for work as for leisure or daily life.

212.99.10.164's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I see only one project really thriving for an organization like Wikimedia, given its specific skillness and main trends of mobile developement. Wikimedia should continuously enhance its data base to initiate a self-improving software, dedicated to politics decision-makers(computer-assisted policy).

70.24.239.244[edit]

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70.24.239.244's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...write here…

70.24.239.244's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I had translated some apocryph books during the last 10 years (English to French); and this experience was to be shared on Wiki regard Apocryphs. The following opinion is solely to help improving commun objective.

A subject explained by experiment people is often replaced by non-experiment ones expressing very subjective views and often out of subject. A suitable solution is to allow any change which include a reference.

On a second hand, subjects without reference are easily take for granted by naive reader. For example the Yezidis: someone has expressed this tribe to be idolaters - this irrealistic opinion constitute a threat under some circonstances. An other example on John Dee: someone has expressed he was a magician and associated him with esoteric group. Naive readers commiting to false opinion will stop any further research on J. Dee works (I'm presently studying his journal 'A True and Faithfull Relation with Spirits'). An other example on Enoch the scribe, a patriarch who wrote a book on the Creation at the beginning (I have translated his book twice): some caracteristics I posted on Wiki were replaced by less experimented people, and some information lead to confusion with mixte and unnecessary explaination. Objectivity is primordial.

Other thing, I made some corrections on subject which was rejected without reason by your staff. Wiki staff must have expertise in sentence structure and syntax - directive must be clearly state in internal rules - it make me presume Wiki has no rule to structure staff action in this very specific domain such as dictionary. Knowledge need to be properly structure with strict (internal) guidelines, and any information with references.

Thanks for sharing!

Josiane Legrand Editor, Filbluz.ca

Hi Josiane -- our staff does not directly edit Wikipedia -- it is a community driven project. The edit was probably rejected by one of the other editors. You point about clarity is well taken however and worth investigating better UX for letting people know the rules. Thank you! LilaTretikov (WMF) (talk) 01:46, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Mikegtheonly[edit]

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...write here…

Mikegtheonly's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...write here…

universal code of ethics

In my time here I have come to the conclusion that one thing mankind lacks is a code of ethics, that is not philosophical, not religious, and not political, that everyone can relate to. For me that code of ethics is simply the definition of the word "honesty". Look in any unabridged dictionary and there it is. I'm a bit tired of the lying, deception, violence, inequities, pollution of the planet, and destruction of our natural world, brought about by selfish interests.

Honesty would lead to a world where we have peace and tolerance among the very special human race. It would lead to less war, less pollution, less crime, less violence! It would lead to the utopia that is right before us, universal peace. It is going to take all of us working together in the future just to keep up with the natural changes that our rare little planet is going to go through.

Then we can work on a system of economics that will advance all societies and uplift the human race!!

89.15.201.14[edit]

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89.15.201.14's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Less censorship in the hands of persons that can not be identified. More honest texts, less biased evaluation of issues.

89.15.201.14's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Fair treatment for all decent authors.

tres bien mais que les expert mettent des mots pour y ameliorer et pas les internautes

NephroKid[edit]

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NephroKid's thoughts on question 1[edit]

...write here… They Could Destroy TRUE Facts and make True fake and they could Delete everything they could put bad words in them

NephroKid's thoughts on question 2[edit]

...write here… We Should DELETE the edit for non Wiki members and Keep it on for Wiki Members

76.240.38.6[edit]

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76.240.38.6's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I think that you should take a mobile app to the next level. You should make like a Wikipedia phone. Not for calling people or sending texts and it should be the size of a iPod shuffle. Wikipedia phone will give easy access to dictionaries, Wikipedia, a thesaurus, and maybe a fun quiz game to test knowledge or a crossword puzzle. it will help writers, readers or people just wanting to look up a subject quickly.

108.28.41.34[edit]

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108.28.41.34's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Kids today don't even want to have to look things up. Too much of a waist of their time. Wiki may want to consider going the way of Siri; or even partner up with them. The age of instant gratification is upon us. If they can't get a sound bit with a single voice command, they don't want to know about it.

Personally, I would like to be able to look up training material. For instance, how do I use an RF Spectrum Analyzer: what does it do, how do I connect it up for different tests, and what should the display look like. Or maybe I want to learn how to code in Perl. Wiki could offer an environment (window or terminal) to learn and practice best techniques and fun projects already worked out by someone. Or even how to build a wood table. Or offer Factory Five's kit car build school or how to program with their autoCAD tools.

108.28.41.34's thoughts on question 2[edit]

I would like to see Wiki sponsor and get University students involved in projects like the 3D map of the internet, or the 3D map of the universe, or a 3D representation of the gnome, or 3D representation of Hadron Collider experiments. Maybe even partner up with Google as they have done some of these projects already.


Commander[edit]

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Commander's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The natural evolution of online content must follow what is easiest for a human brain to ingest. In essence, material which requires less glycogen to process will be more valuable.

Text (currently where wikipedia sits) --> Images (instagram, wikipedia to a degree, etc) --> Video (Youtube, Vine, Facebook, and Twitter all now support video content)


Commander's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Wikipedia will need to support video and audio content natively. When someone searches for a topic, a Wikipedia article must be played to them, quickly explaining it.

In psychology this is called Availability Bias. You currently have it working FOR you, as wikipedia is usually a top search result in almost every search. The lack of video content however, is a massive oversight.

Multinational users will continue to use wikimedia projects as long as they are well translated/created in their native tongue, and useful. FORM MUST FOLLOW FUNCTION.


90.9.145.124[edit]

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améliorer votre traduction...

Machine translation; please help improve: improve your translation ...

Doc James[edit]

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Doc James's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Mobile is not a very good platform for many contributions. Might be okay for gnomish work. Maybe specifically set up tools to help with reviewing new edits / article / spelling via mobile if they are not sufficient already.

Commercial enterprises are taking a bigger interest in Wikipedia. This has a significant risk of negatively impacting Wikipedia. We need to address it head on by working with the companies that facility these transactions.

Doc James's thoughts on question 2[edit]

With increasing numbers of people making content from Wikipedia we need to get a handle on copyright violations within Wikipedia. While the volunteer community is working on stuff we need staff programmers to help.


190.25.96.146[edit]

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Las ideas de 190.25.96.146 acerca de la pregunta 1[edit]

Contar con mil millones de usuarios es algo descomunal y ustedes lo han logrado con perseverancia, profesionalismo y credibilidad. Considero que la tendencia debe ser la misma, es decir, que mantengan su estilo, autonomía, independencia y credibilidad para el bien del conocimiento y la cultura en general. Así mismo, en nuestro planeta sigue tomando fuerza la preocupación por los temas ambientales, animales y de una sociedad mas igualitaria y justa, ya que con el paso del tiempo y a pesar de los avances en muchos campos como el tecnológico, en comunicaciones y de movilidad, la brecha entre dirigentes y dirigidos en todo el mundo en lugar de reducirse por el contrario se amplia, con el agravante de no contar con una educación de calidad pero si muy limitada y costosa.

Machine translation; please help improve: Having billion users is something extraordinary and you've achieved with perseverance, professionalism and credibility. I believe that the trend should be the same, ie to maintain their style, autonomy, independence and credibility for the sake of knowledge and culture in general. Likewise, in our planet continues gaining strength concern for environmental issues, animals and a more egalitarian and just society, because with the passage of time and despite advances in many fields such as technology, communications and mobility the gap between leaders and led worldwide rather than reduced expands the contrary, with the aggravation of not having quality education but very limited and expensive.

Las ideas de 190.25.96.146 acerca de la pregunta 2[edit]

Así las cosas, lo más democrático y accesible es la información y el conocimiento a través de proyectos como el que ustedes lideran y que nosotros los ciudadanos del mundo debemos apoyar.

Machine translation; please help improve: So, what is more democratic and accessible information and knowledge through projects like the one you lead and we citizens of the world should support.

103.27.164.7[edit]

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103.27.164.7's thoughts on question 1[edit]

The sale of smartphones has shot up considerably in the recent years. A major chunk of internet activity has been through mobile devices. Integration into mobile operating systems/applications, which would make things easier for the user would be a huge advantage. The next billion users comprise of a large chunk of people from areas with not enough resources to set up proper access points, which also points to the fact that due to the lack of resources, there presumably wasn't much development in other areas as well. They will now look for relevant material. They would look for educational material, and affordable services. The information about the same has to be brought to them.

103.27.164.7's thoughts on question 2[edit]

Easy to use applications, providing well formatted, readable information. The interface would appeal to the user, and its simplicity be its selling point.


185.52.140.158[edit]

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185.52.140.158's thoughts on question 1[edit]

Improvements in machine-based translation might play a significant role in the foreseeable future for Wikimedia projects. Well with that being said, I think that Wikimedia Foundation should allocate some resources towards translation of high quality content ( which happens to be mostly in English these days) into as many languages of the world as possible.

I am, for one, a native Czech speaker, but I rarely use Czech versions of the Wikimedia projects due to poor quality of their content in many cases (it's not that content is not factual(although sometimes it is), it's more the case that some important bits and pieces of information are often wanting or that information, sometimes, is simply poorly presented in Czech versions of the Wikimedia projects or even in some cases it might be completely absent).

So in conclusion, what I would like the oncoming billion of new internet users to see is well-adapted translations of English articles instead of having them come up with their own new ,as a rule, poor quality content.

185.52.140.158's thoughts on question 2[edit]

As I have aforetime mentioned translating (or rather adapting) good quality English-language-based content into other languages would be my number one priority if I wanted to see thriving and healthy Wikimedia projects in the future world-wide, becasue let's face it Wikimedia projects are only any good in a handful out of 6000 world languages and really good only in one (English)... becasue most of the oncoming billion of new internet users ,probably, aren't going to be able to speak English or any other major European language (the strong suit of Wikimedia's), thusly they won't be able to access a large amount of existing Wikimedia content unless it is translated into their respective languages.

Wikimedia certainly needs a good, strong translation platform and it needs more trans-lingual communication in my opinion as well. Wikislate and/or Wikinational would be a good place to start.