<CPOV> the culture of tech/tech or culture?
geert at desk.nl
Thu Sep 6 12:09:22 CEST 2012
I was a bit behind because of the holidays season here in Eurostan but
now I finally worked my way through these two interesting documents:
There is a more general text on the proposed changes by Brandon Harris
on The Signpost of August 6 2012:
"I'm certain many people are asking, "Why do we need a change? Why is
this important?" Simply put: the software is a barrier and it is
dragging you down."
If I think of the problems of Wikipedia along the lines of the CPOV
research over the past years, I see a lot of cultural and political
issues. Are they now resolved and can the outcome now be translated
into technical solutions, new interfaces etc? I wonder. Yes, the
Wikimedia software is ten years old and hasn't changed much. But is it
dragging us down? I would say that engineering-male-Western culture
inside Wikipedia is dragging us down, the organized and systematic
arrogance and hostile attitudes towards newcomers, that's what is
dragging Wikimedia/Wikipedia down.
What do you think? Are good intentions on the tech level enough?
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