On 2/12/07, David Strauss <david(a)fourkitchens.com> wrote:
There's simply no way I can discuss this issue
with you unless you're
willing to adopt a more holistic consideration of Wikipedia's needs.
Your arguments are trapped in the consideration of the *one* idea you
seem to support, which is restricting Wikipedia content to what may be
republished in *your* country.
There area couple of unclear elements of English and welsh law which
mean that I cannot support that at this time. However given the
percentage of countries that follow English and welsh law it would not
be an entirely irrational approach.
Nowhere in my post did I mention copyright,
You mentioned fair use
yet you framed my argument
as if copyright were its only consideration.
You didn't mention any other in your initial post.
You straw-manned my
argument by ignoring aspects of the balance I proposed -- most notably
ignoring censorship -- that didn't fit nearly within your pet issue.
You didn't propose a balance.
Finally, you invoked a false slippery slope by stating
my argument leads
to hosting Wikipedia in Iran. Only your imaginary, straw-manned version
of my argument has that flaw.
Not a strawman. Just feeding extreme values into your argument as
presented. A standard technique for testing the validity of models. Of
course you are free to present a modified version of that argument.
You may also wish to take more care in stating your auxiliary