[Foundation-l] wikiseek & wikiwax is out

Andrew Gray shimgray at gmail.com
Wed Jan 17 18:42:00 UTC 2007

On 17/01/07, thomasasta at gmx.net <thomasasta at gmx.net> wrote:

> - google is not doing this before a wiki *open search* launch is done

"Wiki open search", right now, is a fantasy. It was a project that
died years ago and was recreated *by accident* in late December. It
has no defined schedule, no solidly decided plans, nothing much beyond
"some kind of user-worked search engine thing might be pretty funky,
let's look into this"

To pretend that an actual, existing, unrelated project, which has been
in the works for some time, suspend itself while people tell
themselves how wonderful this new and un-created vague concept of a
search engine will be is just... silly.

> > I also don't see how Wikiseek could hurt Wikipedia. If anything, more
> > avenues to Wikipedia will *increase* the number of readers and editors.
> - one is making money from my work, searching hoursly for the
> best weblinks for the article of "pregnancy"? They are doing money
> with my free editors work and manual linksearch, either they make
> the database open or this is a GPL violation.

It appears you a) don't understand the GPL - you mean the GFDL - and
b) don't understand the GFDL either - it has no prohibitions on making
money off your content, or any kind of bizzare 'to work with this you
must have our preferred type of software' requirements)

> and what about the second clone:  http://www.wikiwax.com/

Wikiwax is not a "clone" of anything, and they've been around almost two years.

They've contributed something very useful to the community which they
don't charge for, and they've not tried to pass themselves off as
anything they're not. They do an excellent job of providing a
highly-tailored service using some innovative software. If they make
enough money off it to cover costs and give them some reward for their
time and effort, then good for them.

- Andrew Gray
  andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk

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