[drupal-devel] Jimmy Wales

Dries Buytaert dries at buytaert.net
Tue Mar 1 13:56:14 UTC 2005

Jonathan Chaffer wrote:

> Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) was across the aisle from me and directly 
> ahead of John and Matt on the way back from DrupalCon. We had a nice 
> conversation. Some of the highlights:
> - He is interested in taxonomy, especially the possibility of 
> syndicated and synchronized vocabularies.
> - He said it would be great if we had the ability to make a special 
> syntax like double-brackets link automatically to Wikipedia. I briefly 
> explained our filter system, and said that if he wanted we could knock 
> out such a filter in an afternoon. Looking in contrib, it looks like 
> interwiki.module can do this already; maybe it's just a matter of code 
> review.
> - If we have need for writing-based tasks (like translation), he may 
> be able to provide some manpower for us in that area.
> - "So, could I use this for my blog?" "Yes!"
> - He talked a bit about Wikinews, and how it's silly to have a news 
> site without RSS, but the wiki format causes updates to be too 
> frequent to make RSS sensible. He wants to move finished articles out 
> of the wiki and into another system, and mentioned Drupal as a 
> possibility for this.
> We may be getting a follow-up email at info at drupal.org.

If he doesn't get back to us within a week, we should probably get in 
touch with him.  It's quite an opportunity IMO.

Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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