The difference between Wikipedia and other editorially created products is that Wikipedians are not professionals, they are only asked to bring what they know. Everyone brings their crumb of information to the table. If they are not at the table, we don't benefit from their crumb.
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A sign Sue Gardner made and placed in the WMF employee bathroom above the aspirin and dental-floss basket according to Wikipedia’s Librarian To The World published April 4, 2011
It [Wikipedia] was built 10 years ago and hasn’t changed that much, [but] we are looking for ways to increase serendipity. We are happily dependent on the inventiveness of the people who join us of their own volition.
The heart and soul of everything the Wikimedia project does is volunteer driven, it's volunteer energy, volunteer time, altruism, people's commitment to create this massive educationalendeavour that's really available to everybody
Publish early, publish often. If you are building a plan or a proposal, don’t wait until it’s flawless and polished to publish: release it while it’s still raw and half-baked. For folks from a non-community background this will feel dangerous, like you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to criticism. But in a community context it builds trust and empathy, and will be understood as an invitation to collaborate.
Sue came in when we were very tiny. We were based in Florida, still a handful of employees. She deserves credit for building the Wikimedia Foundation from, I’m going to venture to say, probably five or six employees, into quite a large organization after several years of time.