On 7/19/07, Bryan Derksen <bryan.derksen(a)shaw.ca> wrote:
WikipediaEditor Durin wrote:
en.wikipedia is utterly failing at executing the
it is THE flagship project.
This is unwarranted hyperbole. If we're utterly failing, why is
Wikipedia a top-10 website that's rapidly gaining cachet as the first
place to look for general information, why is Britannica in terror of
us, and (specifically on the "free" front) why is the Wikipedia database
being used by literally hundreds of mirrors?
Our mission says nothing about striving to become a top 10 website.
Please have a look at
The same rationales that we use for fair use images can be used by
others who wish to use Wikipedia's material in the
same context (as an
educational encyclopedia), so it's not like the fair use images are
completely useless for people wishing to reuse our content. They just
have to make the judgement for themselves which licences are compatible
with their use and strip out the bits that aren't.
Then we might as well liberally allow fair use, since we're unconcerned
with derivative uses.