Michael R. Irwin wrote:
However, "mavericks" should not be
discouraged or encounter systematic
hostility from any components of the "community" or the WMF in future
participation because they choose to publish material in accordance with
Just to see how difficult of a job it was for this user who put the
Wikijunior Big Cats up on the Lulu website, I decided to create a new
account with Lulu and go through the process itself (without actually
offering the book for sale). For an average Wikimedia user who can deal
with uploading images and handle a typical wiki: It was so easy I
almost forgot that this was controversial and just about offered the
same content for sale in the same manner all over again.
The fact that Wikibooks is offering so many "books" via PDF makes it all
that more tempting to have somebody do exactly this again, and this time
with the entire inventory of Wikibooks and not just one Wikijunior book.
Mind you, Lulu Press is just the printing house. *I* would have been
the publisher and assuming the associated risks in that situation. I'm
still thinking of doing exactly that in the near future, although I
would like to set up a joint account that would include some of the more
active Wikibooks users as well if this were to get going.
I will say that I've been very cautious about doing this, and knowing
how far to go and not tread on project space inappropriately has been a
major concern of my. Certainly I don't want to be seen as abusing my
admin status to promote a business that I may be starting in this way.
Robert Scott Horning