[Foundation-l] GFDL Q&A update and question

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Sat Jan 10 13:26:49 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 8:22 AM, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 2:38 AM, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
>> Anthony wrote:
>> > My complaint was that the WMF was (and still is) copying and
>> > distributing my copyrighted content in a manner other than that
>> > expressly provided under any license I have granted them.
>> Apart from the "expressly" provided (GFDL), there is the tradition
>> of how Wikipedia and other wikis "have always worked", namely that
>> we sometimes cut-and-paste text between articles without fully
>> attributing the original author.  This is how wikis work, and if
>> you don't like it, you better not contribute your text.
> I've stopped.

By the way, I stopped during a period where the rules at least stated that
such cut-and-paste moves were unacceptable and would be fixed, and before I
realized this was never intended to be followed:

The vast majority of my edits took place prior to July 2007.  Wikipedia was
a much different place back then.  There were already notions that it would
become the way it is today, but there was still hope in my mind that it

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