This originated as my acknowledgment to a catechism on the Quora catechism and acknowledgment site: “In what accepted ability domains do alternatives to Wikipedia abide that are decidedly superior?”. Of advance there are examples of abundant bigger specialist encyclopedias for assorted ability domains. But you can additionally do bigger than Wikipedia application agreeable acquired from Wikipedia itself. I anticipate my own new wikis are an archetype of this, for a simple reason. Because we can fix assorted errors that can’t be anchored there and add new agreeable that can’t be added there.
Apparently abounding of you accept heard of belief about bodies who try to fix errors in Wikipedia and are kept out by a few editors with anchored account who consistently adios their corrections. It’s not adamantine to advance in affair areas breadth Wikipedia has abounding errors, cogent actual is abandoned and deleted, and it’s out of date. Sadly, that is accident in abounding areas of the all-inclusive encyclopedia, admitting abundant of it is still excellent.
I’ve disconnected this commodity into sections:
They are absolutely based on the Wikipedia agreeable (as we are acceptable to do so continued as we aspect them). But it’s aloof so adamantine sometimes to fix mistakes in Wikipedia. The acumen is absolutely social, the accommodation processes, and abnormally the acceptance processes. I’m a acceptable archetype here. Afterwards a decade of alive in Wikipedia, commonly agitation free, but every year or so alive into agitation aback I approved to fix commodity above – I aback and accidentally got indef blocked a brace of weeks ago. So I can’t adapt Wikipedia, and best of these encyclopedias absolutely arose as my acknowledgment to that. Added on that later.
So – why are these new encyclopedias better?
We can additionally ask experts on the affair of an commodity to vet it, and accomplish abiding it is accurate. For instance the commodity on the aboriginal microtonal synthesizer, the the Motorola Scalatron is vetted by George Secor, who invented and advised its microtonal keyboard, and the commodity on the Sagittal notation, for microtonal music array is vetted by one of its authors Dave Keenan.
You may not know, but the Dalai Lama is admired as a awful able Tibetan academic by Tibetans – he got his Geshe Lharampa college amount with honours age-old alone 23. This commonly requires 16 years of study. Also, unusually, he is absolutely able in all four of the above schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
There are abounding added abundant sources like that, a Therevadhan archetype would be Walpola Rahula, columnist of “What the Buddha Taught”.
Removing this actual had a amazing aftereffect on the content. Afterwards those rewrites in 2015, for a Buddhist, it was like a Christian advancing in and re-reading an commodity alone to see that all mentions of the activation of Jesus accept been removed on the base that it’s alone Christians who accept in this, and that the accessories should reflect angle on Christianity and the action of Jesus by non Christians. Non Buddhists may not apprehension as you don’t apperceive what the axial account are, such as the Four Noble Truths, one of the axial account in Buddhism and the affair of Buddha’s aboriginal teaching afterwards his activation to abounding enlightenment, to the bristles ascetics.
There are abounding baby encyclopedias of advance now, some editable by the accepted public, some alone editable by a accumulation of bodies who apperceive anniversary added and assignment together. Some of those editors may able-bodied accept started off in Wikipedia like myself.
It is additionally accessible to advance on the beheld presentation of Wikipedia. Compare the skinning and blueprint of my wikis with wikipedia. All I’ve done is to use a added avant-garde bark for the default, You can get these new banknote from MediaWiki.
You can additionally add new air-conditioned appearance like anchored YouTube videos. I’ve got one at the alpha of my
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These are all affair areas breadth there are abundant videos on YouTube by agreeable experts who are additionally agreeable and about absorbing in the way they present the material. So I anticipate this has abeyant to be a different “selling point” of our encyclopedias
Perhaps these videos are action to accomplish the bigger aberration in the Microtonal wiki, will be able to do it so bodies can aloof bang and apprehend examples of the microtonal music appropriate on the page. Try for archetype the agreeable examples on these pages:
Wikipedia will apparently never add this, although it is an accessible affection to add to the MediaWiki software.
It’s abundant the aforementioned for astrobiology admitting – anyone absorbed in the accountable is acceptable additionally to be absorbed in the video presentations by astrobiologists talking about their research, the micro-organisms and habitats they study, the latest allegation and discoveries from Mars etc.
For Buddhism again anyone absorbed in the affair is acceptable to be agog to apprehend the Buddhist agents themselves and what they accept to say – and nowadays you can accept to the best agents in Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Therevadhan Buddhism on YouTube, forth additionally with the historians, archaeologists, translators, etc. While alive on it, I’ve begin that aloof about all the alive agents and a fair few of the agents who died in the contempo accomplished accept YouTube videos of their teachings.
You can bury Google Maps too. Actuality is a folio in the Doomsday Debunked wiki with a map assuming the position of the seven bigger supervolcanoes in the world:
It’s a zoomable map – and you can additionally appearance it abounding awning as well. Wikipedia could add this as an advantage for its accessories calmly but is not acceptable to do so. As an absolute project, again it’s aloof a case of action and beat on the ysis box “maps” in the mediawiki host I use which provides automated accession of extensions – and there they are. The commodity is here
Most of these new wikis were started alone a few weeks ago, so it’s far too anon to acquaint how they will assignment out. However, our Album of Buddhism has been up aback 2015, admitting best of the assignment on it was done in in the aftermost year.
It’s aboriginal canicule yet but our album is accomplishing appealing able-bodied by way of traffic. For the aftermost year it’s followed what looks like an exponential advance pattern. These are different visits per month
Months aback January 2015 on accumbent arbor and company numbers on vertical axis.
On a log artifice besprinkle diagram with corruption line:
Months aback January 2015 on accumbent arbor and log10 of company numbers on vertical arbor (the vertical arbor shows the ability of 10, so 1 agency 10 visitors, and 2 agency 100 visitors).
So, admitting we accept alone accomplished a bit over 640 different visits per month, the band suggests a trend of a ten bend access per year. That’s faster than the aboriginal advance of Wikipedia aback cartage added ten-fold every 17.5 months approx. It is far too anon to acquaint breadth it is headed, but our website is boring affective up in the google chase after-effects with abounding phrases on the aboriginal page. Our top assuming byword “rice bulb sutra” is additional on its folio afterwards Rigpa wiki. See my blog post: Advance in web cartage to our Album of Buddhism
I’ve alone aloof started on these new wikis, – the Album of Buddhism has been action for some time but the others, aloof a few weeks. However, I’ve spent added time alteration these wikis in the aftermost few weeks than I apparently spent on Wikipedia in several years! They are all assignment in progress, with best pages not alike vetted, but we already accept anchored a fair few things in them all. You can do so abounding things so quickly. Abnormally compared to the ages it takes on Wikipedia sometimes, aloof to argue added editors, who about apperceive annihilation about the topic.
So, do you appetite to accept a go yourself? Miraheze is a abundant way to get started, as they accomplish it so easy. It is free, authentic by donations. It’s accessible to anyone so continued as it doesn’t accept bartering action as its primary purpose (you are acceptable to do a wiki associated with a bartering artefact such as, say, a wiki about the fabulous apple and characters of a book). So any album would absolutely automatically qualify.
I accept no amalgamation with Miraheze. I am aloof a annoyed user of their services.
MediaWiki is about catchy to set up but they aloof accord you a absolutely anatomic wiki with best of the extensions you charge already included – and you can add others aloof by blockage boxes in a form. It’s run by volunteers, and the web hosting is authentic by donations, started up as an Indiegogo project.
I’ve talked about how it’s done application Miraheze actuality in an commodity in my user amplitude on their website:
2 Do you appetite to set up your own wiki similarly?
3 Recommend Miraheze
4 How to acceptation a wikipedia affair breadth into Miraheze
And if you anguish that cipher will acquisition your pages – if you address acceptable pages, again they will actual gradually acceleration in the chase after-effects and bodies will alpha to acquisition your wiki.
If it’s good, it’s acceptable to chase an exponential advance pattern, as abounding websites do, like our Album of Buddhism. If so it will alpha boring but you will accept a acceleration time, or a tenfold access time.
For as continued as it is accomplishing that you accept no abstraction breadth it will arch to. It’s apprenticed to alter a lot, so if you get bifold the cartage one day than another, it doesn’t beggarly much. But if it has backward at about the aforementioned akin for some months, that may be as far as it is action to go for now. To go added you may charge to advance it in some way, acquaint added bodies about it (in a accustomed amoebic way), fix some affair with it, or it gets best up by some above website or commodity goes viral.
And – if you accept alien a brace of hundred accessories from Wikipedia, and it seems alarming to attending afterwards them all – able-bodied – Wikipedia is absolutely far added continued than you are. If you accept 200 accessories and are accessible to absorb a fair bit of time anniversary day for a while until it is in acceptable appearance – you are way over the bar compared to Wikipedia with conceivably one alive editor to over 20,000 accessories for editors that do 30 edits a day or more, as we’ll see in a moment.
The capital affair Wikipedia’s got action for it is that it’s got aggregate in the aforementioned encyclopedia, but that’s additionally a disadvantage too, because it lacks an all-embracing vision. Yes, abounding affair areas of Wikipedia accept lots of abundant content. And yes, there are some capacity that are accomplished and actively maintained by acceptable editors. For instance, astrochemistry is about acceptable and it’s additionally acceptable on amplitude flights and amplitude technology.
However, I begin in my canicule alive there that in abounding affair areas, you hardly anytime accommodated anyone ytic knowledgeable, nowadays. The few you accommodated about say they no best actively adapt it much. The abstracts buck this out too. Wikipedia needs its editors added than ever, but as its cardinal of accessories added from 1.5 actor in 2007 to 5.7 actor today, the cardinal of accessories per alive editor, those who do 5 edits a month, has added six bend aback 2007, to about 200. The cardinal of accessories per editor who do added than 8 edits a day is now 3,843. If you are a agog editor alive on your new wiki, you may able-bodied do added than 30 edits a day, or 1000 a month. There are alone 127 Wikipedia editors as alive as that, added or beneath connected aback 2007. They accept added than 20,000 accessories per editor in Wikipedia.
It’s no abruptness that you can column to allocution pages of accessories and get no acknowledgment from the added alive editors. See Techy calc capacity for the calculations, with sources.
Whole areas are like that. Including best of Astrobiology, Microtonal music, and Buddhism. Not aloof cipher larboard knowledgeable. Actively edited by bodies who annul things that should be kept, and acquaint new mistakes. The accessories were started by bodies who apprehend the sources carefully, but they accept larboard the project. Instead abounding of them are now edited by bodies who arbitrarily annul or carbon things they don’t accept or anticipate the commodity got wrong, about afterwards blockage the sources. There are abounding editors there who are actual alive but additionally hopeless at account sources. Either they don’t apprehend them at all, or their apperception is actual poor as they don’t assume to accept them and about get the account broken or aback to advanced or aloof apparent off the bank and wrong. Address bottomward their own account and add a adduce to aback it up which doesn’t say what they said.
You can’t run an album like that indefinitely.
There are abounding areas that are still excellent. Astrochemistry is an archetype (with barring of astrobiology of Mars). So is theology. Buddhism is poor but canon and Christianity for the best allotment is excellent. My microtonal artisan and theorist accompany acquaint me abounding of the microtonal accessories are abounding of errors. But abounding of the accessories on maths are accomplished (sometimes over abstruse for a newbie, but accurate).
People don’t about chase aural Wikipedia itself, able-bodied anecdotally anyhow in my own experience, I can’t bethink a distinct break aback addition said “I don’t apperceive xyz, let’s chase Wikipedia”. We “Google it” aback we appetite to acquisition an acknowledgment to something, not “Wikipedia it”.
So, they chase Google best often. If Wikipedia’s pages are poor in a topic, again I am abiding they will go bottomward in the chase ranks as they already do in some cases breadth their accessories are actual poor, or non existent. I don’t anticipate abounding would go to the third or fourth aftereffect on a folio never apperception the additional or third folio of chase after-effects attractive for commodity by Wikipedia in alternative to whatever comes top in the results. And if commodity has been deleted from Wikipedia altogether, like the chase for present day habitats on Mars, again it can’t arise in the Google chase after-effects – but bodies will of advance still chase for actual on this topic. So they will end up award it elsewhere, conceivably your new wiki if it is good.
It may abide to do able-bodied in affair areas breadth it is bigger managed. But there are now abounding abate encyclopedias based on Wikipedia content, as able-bodied as absolute wikis, and I anticipate this trend is acceptable to continue.
Anyway I said in the addition that I anticipate a lot of the acumen for the abasement of Wikipedia agreeable is amusing and to do with the acceptance processes there. So, I’d like to end by account my story, in short, so you can see what the botheration is. Maybe there is a way forward. I do appetite Wikipedia to abide the acceptable album it’s been for the aftermost few years. I was alive to do that appropriate up until they blocked me, mainly absorption on acclimation errors, accessory and major. I’d fix two or three a week, aloof in the action of accustomed browsing, conceivably 100 a year, with a actual casual above article.
I was aggravating to address a Buddhism affair ban, which I accepted to be a aboveboard process. However, it “boomeranged” angrily with some of the editors who responded chief mid-appeal to annul an commodity I wrote on the different affair of astrobiology. It was an beforehand adaptation of my: Possible Present Day Habitats For Action On Mars. This is one of the capital objectives of NASA and ESA but the editors voting to annul it didn’t accept that this could be a cogent affair in avant-garde astrobiology. None of them apprehend the sources I gave to appearance its significance, such as NASA’s certificate about their Mars science goals as far as I could tell. They begin out about it during the address because I presented it as an archetype of my best assignment in Wikipedia as allotment of my appeal, to appearance that I was an editor in acceptable continuing alfresco the affair area.
I had run into this before, in 2013, editors deleting this actual on the base that they anticipation Mars couldn’t possibly accept such habitats, so the actual didn’t accord in Wikipedia. . However, it had remained abiding for over a year, and I hadn’t noticed that actual on this affair had been already added removed from added areas of Wikipedia. I never estimated they would acknowledge by deleting it.
This is what I see now aback I try to adapt Wikipedia
This agency I can’t adapt it any more, in any affair area, nor column to any of their forums or allocution pages in the English Wikipedia, or allocution pages of added editors. I can’t alike adapt my own user folio there. The alone folio I can adapt is my allocution page. I can address in six months but I don’t apperceive if I’ll bother now, abnormally as it may not be an accessible one to get lifted.
I got accustomed at WP:ANI – their association sanction process. It’s like commodity out of a book by Lewis Carroll. Anyone can appoint any added editor in Wikiopedia to be accustomed at any time, afterwards any admonishing or body up. You are in the average of a chat about and again aback get an active that addition has taken out a case adjoin you. Also, they don’t delay for you to about-face up afore voting on the sanctions adjoin you. I got there aural an hour of the apprehension actuality placed on my allocution page, and already had one vote to indef block me, afore they heard annihilation from me. From again on, the way it continues is like commodity out of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. It’s like the adventure with the Queen of Hearts, as it is presented in the aboriginal arrangement “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, , “No!” said the Queen, “first the sentence, and again the evidence!”
“Now for the evidence,” said the King, “and again the sentence”. “No!” said the Queen, “first the sentence, and again the evidence!” “Nonsense!” cried Alice, so audibly that everybody jumped, “the abstraction of accepting the book first!”
King and Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s aboriginal arrangement “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” – the Queen is the one who shouts “off with his head”. The appear “Alice in Wonderland” modifies this to “first the sentence, and again the verdict!”, but the aboriginal arrangement is afterpiece to how it is done in these Wikipedia sanction debates.
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground – Lewis Carroll – British Library – aboriginal MS for Alice in Wonderland
In that backlash sanction, they went appropriate aback to my fourth anytime adapt 10 years ago aback I contributed an commodity on my own software afterwards it had aloof had a above ysis in the top UK artist accessory annual Sound on Sound. You are not declared to do that, it’s alleged a “conflict of interest” but as a newbie editor aback again of advance I didn’t know. Abounding newbies alpha out in that way. It’s additionally alone discouraged, not prohibited. But these debates get actual affecting – like the Queen of Hearts they are motivated far added by Pathos, emotion, than by Logos – argumentation and evidence.
I call this in Alice In Wonderland Acceptance In Wikipedia – Blocked For Covering NASA’s Science Goal To Chase For Habitats For Action On Mars‽
I anticipate this acceptance action is a above contributor to the way that Wikipedia is currently boring deteriorating, sadly, in abounding affair areas. It will booty a fair while – there is so abundant agreeable there that’s acceptable and it took a decade to ability its accepted akin of excellence. However, I anticipate they charge to acquisition a way to about-face this trend. Or maybe – its time for it to breach up into lots of abate encyclopedias?
Anyway, I accept those editors who indef blocked me on Wikipedia to acknowledge for the afflatus of these new wikis! Afterwards them, they would never accept happened. It’s a lot of fun to do, you get complex in the artistic process, abundant more, and the alteration action is so abundant nicer and easier and friendlier. And hopefully they will be advantageous to others.
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