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The collective users of MediaWiki comprise what I refer to as a MetaCommunity. This Community of Communities spans the planet through domains, contexts, languages and cultures with astounding diversity yet profound commonality. There seems to be a spirit of community growing stronger and more vibrant than anything that appears to the casual observer.
Looking deeply into how people collaborate is what leads us to understand what make communities tic; whether they are communities of interest, communities of practice, intentional, virtual or something completely new and different, we are here for the duration !