Thayvian added this:
- The Speaker's Wiki has mostly women, is searchable by topic / tag, for use by conf organizers to find women in tech, medicine, science, design, sociology, anthropology, etc.
I really hate what's happened to that site, and consequently, I think that it's a poor place to point people.
- Out of date:
- The wiki's statistics were last updated about 2.5 years ago.
- Looking at the revision history for any page shows the change date as month & day—but not what year. In some cases, the page was last changed several years ago, but you can't tell for sure.
- Okay, say I want to find all speakers. Do I go to the page named speakers? Or do I go to the link under tags on the home page that's labeled tag:speakr, or the one labeled speakr, or the one labeled Professional Speaker, or the one labeled speakers, conferences, or the one labeled speakers, or the one labeled people, or ...?
- Not to mention that Professional Speaker links to three pages, while Professional Speaker points to two.
- Looking at the list of all pages tagged speakr, I get 211 names. The page titled Speakers gives me 255.The announcements and links page has 246 people.
- Let's say I see Kathy Sierra's listing. Great, I think—I know she's doing public speaking again (she kicked ass at SxSW 2009, btw), so I want to contact her. Whoops: there's no contact info on that page.
- Okay, I look to see who's edited the page and when, thinking that maybe Kathy has a user page there with contact info. Nope, she didn't create it and she's never edited it. Given that I know she hates her Wikipedia page, I wonder if she knows she has this one?
- The tags on Kathy's page are: "softwaredevelopment", "gaming", "artificial intelligence", "opensource", and "computer-baesd learning" (sic)—none of which she speaks about.
- It's not just Kathy; the same goes for Gina Bianchini, Window Snyder, Tara Hunt (which does have contact information, but it's three years old and no longer works), Kim Polese, Denise Caruso, and so on...
- Looking further, Phill Wolff's page also doesn't have contact information (and no bio, either) and, but damn, he's got a lot of tags.
- In closing:
- My #1 gripe is that in order to get any gigs from the wiki, you have to put your contact info in plain text on your page. Unsurprisngly, I've found that most women don't like to do that.
- Liz, I see that you did plenty of work on that wiki (while you were at SocialText?), and I am not criticizing any of what you did. I just think that unattended wikis are catnip to spammers.
- Yes, I did mention much of this to the creators, way back when it started. They didn't accept my offer to volunteer doing housekeeping.
- I think that wiki is dormant/comatose, and given that GeekSpeakr exists, that's okay by me.
That's my 2¢—anyone else got an opinion about keeping the link in? Dorismith 06:55, October 1, 2009 (UTC)