This time there were two reasons why a good thing will come to an end:
- the parser and the editing interface are crummy
- there are no new people writing new articles
Brion is back and will be concentrating on the parser and the editing interface was received as a strong enough promise for an eventual solution. The second point raised more of a discussion; the fact that it is considered the most critical issue facing the Wikimedia Foundation helped. However, then the argument became interesting. These are the things we ended agreeing about
- Wikipedia became less of a Wiki and more of a Nupedia in its quest for quality
- a lack of trust and time is why newbies are treated badly
In my view we can ask a newbie if he wants to share his friends on a Hyves or a Facebook. When the newbie does, we are able to find the friends who are Wikimedians. The argument against it is that a Facebook gets information that allows it to build a trust network of Wikipedians. This may have a potential for abuse. What astounded me is that given the choice, it was preferred for Wikipedia to die then to give such a potential to Facebook.
I am glad that I do not have such a grim outlook.