On 16 January 2016 at 22:09, Dariusz Jemielniak <darekj(a)alk.edu.pl> wrote:
Do we want to charge for knowledge? Of course not. But
do we want to be
able to introduce cool new tools for everyone faster, because e.g. Google
is willing to pay for their development if they can use it for some time
earlier as "premium"? I don't know yet. Let's talk
Realistically, the only way that I can see that the community would stand
for this is if the tool in question was something that was unquestionably
of use to a large segment of the community as a whole, and if the WMF
clearly did not have the resources to build it themselves without outside
assistance. But perhaps I'm wrong there.
I do, however, believe that if we ever decide to do
this, with the
community's backing, any charging should resemble grants a bit (there
should be a clear time horizon when what we are able to develop as "
premium" becomes standard and free; if it is also useful for the general
If we're going to go down this road, I agree with this.