[Foundation-l] Dealing with Live-mirrors

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed May 30 07:38:05 UTC 2007

This is a can of wurms you do not want to open.. Anyway, there are plenty of
people that disagree with your point of view. The fact that we create
content is in and of itself not an argument in this.

What planet are you from that you consider an advert an endorsement. There
are for instance plenty of Linux websites with Microsoft adverts, nobody in
his right mind will construe this as an endorsement.

On 5/30/07, Brock Weller <brock.weller at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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> --
> -Brock
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