[Foundation-l] Proposal: LiteratePrograms.org as Wikimedia Project
daniwo59 at aol.com
daniwo59 at aol.com
Sun Apr 29 11:48:48 UTC 2007
I don't think anyone can comment intelligently until it is clarified what
"merged into the Wikimedia Foundation family of projects" really means. Does
this mean that they are now wikis. That anyone can edit them? That the current
community of WMF will determine how they are managed?
What are their financials like? Do they have sufficient funds to be
self-sufficient? If not, do we have sufficient funds to support them? Why is this a
merger and not a simple partnership between the two organizations?
There are many more, similar questions that can be asked. You can't ask
people to make informed decisions until all these questions are answered.
In a message dated 4/27/2007 9:13:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
erik at wikimedia.org writes:
I would like to propose (as a community member) that
be merged into the Wikimedia Foundation family of projects. I have
spoken with the founder of LiteratePrograms, Derrick Coetzee, and he
would agree to such a merger.
LP documents computer program source code with in-line explanations
beyond simple source comments. Using a special extension, all code
belonging to an example program can be downloaded as a package with
ease. It is, in my opinion, ideally positioned to become a wonderful
learning resource for budding programmers in any programming language.
The structure of LP is fundamentally different from any existing
Wikimedia project. Yet, it is an educational project with great value.
LP currently uses the MIT/X11 license, which is similar to CC-BY, but
more suitable for source code; I believe this makes sense as these
snippets are typically so small that they should not be encumbered
further with copyleft.
WMF would be able to give the project sustainable hosting and exposure
to a vast community. What do you think? If there is no consensus, I'd
be willing to organize a community poll as we did for other projects,
but I really see very little that speaks against LP becoming part of
the WMF project family.
Peace & Love,
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