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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 13:44:26 UTC 2009

In a way you remind me of the pope, you want to dictate the rules but you do
not play the game. Your idea of what the WMF and its projects should be are
not shared by all, for from it. The reason why the GFDL needs to be replaced
is because we want to be better able to share. At that the GFDL is intended
for the documentation of software and not at all for a project like
Wikipedia. Wikipedia is about bringing the sum of all knowledge to all
people. From my perspective, this can be done by hook and by crook. I do not
care when some material is abused under a different license, blame and shame
sure, but the key thing is that the knowledge gets out there. The license we
use is a means to an end, and that is something you have lost sight off.

The attitude you show is a proprietary one. You make it seem as if you can
prevent the move to a more appropriate license from happening with you
posturing.. I do resent this.

2009/1/10 Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org>

> 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:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_fix_cut-and-paste_moves
> 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
> wouldn't.
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