On the page is a question unanswered
question: "What is the sense behind splitting Wikiversity up into various separated language Wikis? Would it not be better to create courses and research reports in a multilingual environment such as Beta and have them translated in as many languages as translators see fit when new pages and documents become available?"
What do you think to write collaboratively an answer ? It is certainly not ready (perhaps too much metaphors?), so please share your inputs/versions (background info to decision by the board, other aspects, ...):
ideas for an answer:
The same question could also be asked: why did Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects split ? Being in one place definitely will increase collaboration - especially for small community numbers. There could also be the point of view that some just would copy + paste and become just ghosts of others or get dominated. They would miss the chance to develop an individual culture. Since each culture has its own advantages separate Wikiversities can help capture and preserve these. Who says that later not all Wikiversities become again one ? So we would mix again all our experiences. We are like parents giving birth to children, taking care of them and letting them free to develop. Despite this we still meet here at beta Wikiversity to share our experiences and work together. We are a family. ----Erkan Yilmaz (Wikiversity:Chat, wiki blog) 18:18, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
- There are many good reasons. Experience shows that many a multilingual projects end up being predominantly an English project. People working in the same language can often collaborate more effectly. A diversity of independent wikiversities with more space to do their own experiments have (arguably) higher potential to generate more interesting ideas. Hillgentleman|書 01:05, 3 June 2008 (UTC)