[Foundation-l] Citizendium License (Was: [EWW] Edit WikipediaWeek)

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Wed Nov 21 12:08:48 UTC 2007

The license change that was carried out to take Wikinews to CC-BY-2.5 was
only possible because we aren't continually updating articles. Articles are
published on Wikinews and become fixed shortly thereafter. In a case like
that you can have a cut-off and changeover, which we did.

Were you, for example, to want to go that way with Wikibooks you'd need to
say, okay cut-off is <date-A>, and every book started before that gets a
template added saying it was started before <date-A>, thus remains under the

I can't see any way to do that on Wikipedia where virtually every article is
treated as a work in progress.

Brian McNeil

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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Citizendium License (Was: [EWW] Edit

Andrew Gray wrote:
> On 21/11/2007, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Whilst I see pretty well that getting the "ok" of all participants to a
>> Wikipedia article might be asking for trouble, why would projects such
>> as Wikibooks or Wikiversity not propose the dual license beginning today
>> When a book is started today by a new group, or when a book had only a
>> limited number of authors, this issue is not an issue. Why restricting
>> to GFDL license only these projects ?
> It's been done, in fact - Wikinews is under some form of CC license. :-)

Nod. And I remember that some were complaining at that time that it 
would cause compatibility issues between wikinews and wikipedia.
How much were both projects impacted by this situation ?


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