Proposal talk:Hire people to check the credibility of certain wikis

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reach or quality?

Mixing volunteer and paid work in the same project always needs to be done sensitively, and it naturally provokes the question why should I donate my time for free when others are paid to do this. This would move us away from being a solely volunteer written project, but we already include paid writing such as the 1911 Encyclopaedia Brittanica - their writers were paid and the data has now been imported as out of copyright. So the principle is acceptable though eyebrow-raising. I think that the quality of our existing websites is improving steadily through our existing volunteer base and some automation. If we were to employ a group of editors I would rather do it targeted at a particular problem area such as biographies of living people or to kickstart languages that we don't yet have critical mass in. Employing a bunch of graduates in India to translate core articles from English to Bengali, Hindi, Telagu etc would I believe be relatively cheap considering current Indian wage rates, and I think most funders and volunteers would be OK with the idea that kickstarting a new language involved employing a few translators at the beginning. To fit it into the community ethos and use it to kickstart a community rather than be an alien imposition I would suggest that the volunteers drive it by choosing and prioritising articles for translation by a process of nominating and prioritising articles they want created this way. WereSpielChequers 13:39, 6 October 2009 (UTC)