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Some notes for my talk:

Out of the shadow of Wikipedia: PlanetMath at Ten

Initial history of my involvement (walking along a hexagon-laid path)

Joining up: it seemed like a straight shot:

* Do mathematics the way we do free software
* Make free software that helps us do math.
* Have some discourse to help decide what to code.

And to some extent that's what we did.

But... As we look at the actual state of mathematics --
or much more broadly at the actual state of 'human knowledge' --

We see:

* Things are a bit broken.

* Yes, PlanetMath is still there, but it is currently
running without much support for further development.

* And as far as I can tell, the vision I described is not
really implemented anywhere.

This is why I'm asking "HOW CAN WE BUILD A FUNCTIONING
PLATFORM FOR CROWDSOURCING EDUCATION?"

I think we look around at free software projects that work
well (e.g. Firefox, Emacs, Linux kernel), there are some
features seem to apply quite generally.

* Patches
* Plugin architecture
* Fork, branch, and merge

These ideas can be applied quite generally, but a few
words about how they can be applied in the case of
mathematics?

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