[Foundation-l] Status of cloak requests

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 18:22:54 UTC 2008

I think the legal issues there are drastically overstated.

On Feb 26, 2008, at 1:07 PM, geni wrote:

> 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.
> -- 
> geni
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