[Foundation-l] Dealing with Live-mirrors

Brock Weller brock.weller at gmail.com
Wed May 30 07:13:46 UTC 2007

We do not, nor should not, place advertising on our content, whether its
only displayed on some connections or not. If others want to, ok, but we
dont, because we create that content, and it gives the illusion of
endorsement. This is a no go, in my eyes.

On 5/30/07, Mathias Schindler <mathias.schindler at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am not sure which would be the preferred mailing list for this kind
> of a suggestion (wikitech, comcom, internal, this one) so I flipped
> two coins.
> As far as I know, we are constantly blocking people when they are
> live-mirroring Wikipedia (instead of downloading the dump or
> negotiating a data feed). Apart from that, there is no consequence for
> the people running a live mirror. I remember at least one instance in
> which the person running the mirror tried to change IP addresses
> faster than they were blocked.
> I can imagine that this is a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating
> effort. My suggestion would be not to block these IP addresses any
> more but to deliver slightly modified content to them, basically the
> same Wikipedia text plus a ad banner or Google Adsense box right above
> the text or next to it. That way, it would at least be of some sort of
> reward for the foundation running the servers...
> What do you think about it?
> Mathias
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