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

geni geniice at gmail.com
Sun Jan 11 21:30:33 UTC 2009

2009/1/11 Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net>:
> With that comment you would certainly win a bobblehead of Richard
> Stallman if such a thing were available.  This could be awarded for a
> single-minded devotion to whatever topic is at hand to an extent where
> all shmoos and tribbles march past unnoticed.
> Sam, Phoebe and perhaps Geni were all able to accept the spirit of a
> pleasant diversion, and develop new ideas accordingly.  After all, there
> is more to Wikieschatology than the knowledge itself.

Not a diversion as such. Testing licenses is a fairly standard
activity. Debian have their carefully thought out scenarios to test
for freeness (which the GFDL fails btw). Testing usability is harder
but one way to approach it is to try and work out how the license
applies in media and situations there authors were not really thinking
about. 45s are useful since they put some rather firm constraints with
regards to what you can do while still holding enough information
(several minutes of sound) to make the question of some interest.
Sculpture and other 3D options are another useful thought (or
practical) experiment since with the possible exception of the Free
art license the license authors don't appear to have thought that hard
about that scenario.

In terms of making it a wikimania challenge it might be interesting to
have categories along the lines of:

*most creative reuse
*most technically challengingly meeting of licensing terms
*most creative meeting of licensing terms


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