[Foundation-l] Board meeting in Rotterdam later this week

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Sun Jan 14 21:36:43 UTC 2007

I don't think you understand my position. I'm not arguing for an
elimination of policy catering to non-U.S. countries. I'm arguing for a
separation between languages and legalistic policy. We would have guides
for editors from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Such a guide would
not be specific to the German Wikipedia.

Plenty of people in Germany edit the English Wikipedia. The current
language-country ties don't account for those scenarios.

Arne Klempert wrote:
> On 1/14/07, David Strauss <david at fourkitchens.com> wrote:
>> The biggest error I see here is that people are trying to limit language
>> versions of Wikipedia so that they comply with the laws of the country
>> where the language is primarily spoken. But that's fruitless.
> No it's necessary, if we want to create *free* knowledge.
> In an ideal world our content would comply with any law in any
> country. Of course this is almost impossible, so we have to make
> decisions, which laws are important to comply with and which aren't.
> And in some cases these decisions depend on language. To give you an
> example: IMHO it's fundamentally important to our mission that the
> content of the German Wikipedia complies at least with German,
> Austrian and Swiss law. Because these are the countries where the
> content is going to be used by third parties most likely.
> Arne
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