[Foundation-l] Back to basics

Teun Spaans teun.spaans at gmail.com
Tue Jan 2 15:17:03 UTC 2007

It doesnt say "let's thank our sponsers with more ads" either

On 1/2/07, daniwo59 at aol.com <daniwo59 at aol.com> wrote:
> With all the commotion, with the departures over the sitenotice, with the
> infighting on various projects (and between various projects), with the bitter
> debates over image policy, I thought it may be a good idea to go back to the
> very root of all the Wikimedia projects. It is a simple statement, but what
> it says--and doesn't say--summarized the very essence of what we are  doing.
> "Imagine a world in which every single human being can  freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment."
> Perhaps this should be the yardstick with which we make our decisions.  It is
> inclusive ("every single human being") and devoted to free content ("can
> freely share"), and it defines the parameters of our content ("the sum of all
> human knowledge."). It recognizes that this project is still in the works: we
> have not finished what we set out to do ("Imagine a world ...")
> That's our commitment.
> As for what it doesn't say:
> It does not say, "Imagine an advertising-free world."
> It does not say "where every single person who speaks a English or a
> European language ..."
> It does not say "share freely unless the unfree content is better."
> It does not say "free knowledge and links to where to find out  more/buy it."
> It does not say "That's what we did."
> Let's try and refocus the discussions on what our goals are and how we can
> best achieve them. Let's use this as our yardstick.
> Danny
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