[Foundation-l] Status of cloak requests

geni geniice at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 18:07:05 UTC 2008

On 26/02/2008, GDonato <gdonato at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> I think Wikimedia having its own IRC setup would probably be quite a
>  good idea. I agree with your point that it could remove bueraucracy and
>  irc.wikimedia.org already exists (albeit only for recent changes etc.).
>  It seems it would put the ball back in our own hands as it were. I doubt
>  there are any issues regarding expense or staffing (but I may be wrong)
>  so go for it, I would say.
>  G Donato

The procedural and legal issues are such that we would be insane to
run one. Procedurally that means that the IRC would then be regarded
on site which would make the politics even worse. Or do you really
want IRC policy and process?

Legally it would mean the foundation would have certain
responsibilities towards the channel which given it's role as a
general clearing house for wikipedia gossip may be less than ideal.

Using Freenode gives us denial both plausible and legal.

Then there is the advantage that it is fairly easy to contact other
free content/software groups through freenode.


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