[drupal-devel] Jimmy Wales

James Walker walkah at walkah.net
Tue Mar 1 17:19:35 UTC 2005

On 1-Mar-05, at 8:56 AM, Dries Buytaert wrote:

> 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.

I agree. great opportunity and worthwhile to follow up on.
James Walker  ::  http://www.walkah.net/

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