Controversial topics generate a lot of heat and accusations of bias. How are you planning to handle that?
Controversial topics are hard. We don’t have a magic fix, but there are some useful social norms and values that can really help a community deal with them. “Assume good faith,” “No personal attacks,” “Don’t push an agenda.” Plus a willingness to ban people who misbehave.
Why are you only hiring from London?
We’re just getting started. Jimmy is based in London, so it makes sense to start there. However, we’re hoping to grow and develop internationally over the coming years.
How will you make sure you have enough volunteers to keep the community going?
That’s a big part of the work ahead, making sure that community members are supported and welcomed. But we’ve got a good head-start with our experiences from Wikipedia and Wikia.
Who is WikiTribune aimed at?
We’re very much hoping for a wide readership across a diverse cross-section of humanity. Important journalism is journalism that matters to everyone.
How will WikiTribune combat trolls?
By banning them. It is really important that we build a community that values being responsible, nice, and respectful.