Meanwhile, I have casually noted that 100% of Sanger’s Wikipedia contributions in the past year have been devoted to stridently promoting his own role in co-founding Wikipedia, while simultaneously criticizing the site.
So if Larry Sanger was simply Jimmy Wales‘ employee at Bomis, wasn’t Jimmy Wales simply Tim Shell‘s employee? So if Larry Sanger was simply Jimmy Wales’ Bomis employee, wasn’t he also Tim Shell’s Bomis employee? Here is Bomis CEO and former Wikimedia Trustee Tim Shell’s great account of how Wikipedia got started.
From Tim’s fun website…
The founding of Wikipedia
One day back around 1999, I walked into Jimmy’s office and he was sitting there all quiet and subdued. So I asked, “What’s up, Jimmy.”
And he says, “You know, this whole Internet thing is just a fad. Maybe we should branch out into other stuff.”
Then he said something about the fish processing industry, and I was like, “Sure, sure, there will always be fish that need processing. But maybe there’s some internet stuff we could still try. For example, we could start a free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively, and illustrated exclusively with funny little stick figure drawings.”
At which Jimmy’s eyes lit up, and he said, “Tell me more about these funny drawings.”
Anyway, that’s how I remember it.
This is my favorite account of Wikipedia’s founding, and what I will choose to believe from now on. Check out other fun links at Tim’s Website.