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QandA with Barras

For this edition Pmlinediter interviewed Barras.


Ok, so tell me about yourself, where are you from and what do you do?

Well, I'm from Germany and and not really busy in real life at the moment. That's the reason, why I am so often around on IRC and on-wiki.
(My real life doesn't really matter, but I love physics and maths...)

When did you discover Wikipedia and how?

Oh, that's a good question. I first came to wikipedia (the German version) several years ago. I was looking for some information. The article I found on dewiki wasn't really great, and so I corrected it. From time to time, I made some edits on dewiki as an IP. And last year on sylverster, I had to do some (really boring) work and decided to create an account on the German wikipedia.

When did you make your first edit?

With my account or as an IP?
With your account
31 December 2008

Ok. Tell me what you like most about Wikipedia.

I like to create articles. But a very interesting part of Wikipedia is it to read articles. That's the reason, why I am very active on PGA and PVGA, which needs more help. On this wiki, what I like especially is that I can improve my English. This would be hard on enwiki.

Agreed; WP articles are very interesting to read. Tell me what you like least about Wikipedia.

I don't like the useless dicussions, which are a waste of time. Sometimes discussions are helpful for the encyclopaedia, but mostly they aren't. I think some users should spend more time in helping in the main namespace, rather than discussing how bad or good something is.

Anything in particular that you would like to change on Wikipedia?

I think sometimes, that we should work more on articles, rather than getting more users with more rights, which are mostly not really needed. I think this should be changed on simple. And we should stop discussion about how and why, we should do it and be bold
(at least sometimes).
Agreed, discussions are long but we fail to /do/ anything in reality.
That's true, we discuss, but don't change anything. That is our main problem here.

Is there anything you want to say, plug, shout out to etc?

Well, I think I said all. So far: not really :)

Thanks for your interview, Barras.

No problems :) You're welcome


Well thanks for that Barras! Look out for more QandA interviews in future editions!

Pmlineditor 12:47, 2 August 2009 (UTC)