It would make sense in general, but if we de-contextualize Wikimedia.
The potential of Wikimedia projects are connected with the question that
they are free. Having a premium access means two kind of risks:
a) losing the community, and Wikipedia will become quickly a "big
outdated content repository" without the community
b) managing a service, because a premium access would have a "premium
It's normal that someone else build a business on Wikimedia's content,
but this allowed by the license, it's more difficult that Wikimedia
Foundation can do a business with this content.
On 16.01.2016 10:23, Pete Forsyth wrote:
I'm interested to hear some perspectives on the
following line of thinking:
Lisa presented some alternative strategies for revenue needs for the
Foundation, including the possibility of charging for premium access to the
services and APIs, expanding major donor and foundation fundraising,
providing specific services for a fee, or limiting the Wikimedia
Foundation's growth. The Board emphasized the importance of keeping free
access to the existing APIs and services, keeping operational growth in
line with the organization's effectiveness, providing room for innovation
in the Foundation's activities, and other potential fundraising strategies.
The Board asked Lila to analyze and develop some of these potential
strategies for further discussion at a Board meeting in 2016.
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