[Foundation-l] Wikipedia Attribution and Relicensing

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Fri Jan 16 22:29:36 UTC 2009

What is an attribution-by-history-reference? How come it has to be a
url and not something like:

The term Bushism is a neologism that refers to a number of peculiar
words, phrases, pronunciations, malapropisms, and semantic or
linguistic errors that have occurred in the public speaking of United
States President George W. Bush. (Wikipedia, Bushism)

Isn't this the spirit of the new license? It lets you know that
somewhere in the history of the Wikipedia article on Bushism you can
find the author(s) of this piece of text. You could make it easier to
find the author by allowing per-article history search in the

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 2:56 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> 2009/1/16 Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com>:
> > Erik Moeller wrote:
> >
> >> I think requiring attribution-by-history should be the best practice
> >> for heavily edited articles, at least until we more prominently point
> >> out the author credit in the article footer.
> >>
> >
> >
> > Eh? Which should it be? A requirement, or a best practise?
> What I meant is, 'requiring attribution-by-history-reference seems
> like the most reasonable attribution requirement, at least
> unless/until attribution is more visible on the article page itself.'
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