[Foundation-l] Wikipedia Attribution and Relicensing

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen cimonavaro at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 00:55:08 UTC 2009

Erik Moeller wrote:
> 2009/1/16 Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com>:
>> Erik Moeller wrote:
>>> * The attribution terms should avoid requiring specific reference to
>>> Wikipedia, so that it's clear that there is not necessarily a tie
>>> between the project in which collaboration currently happens, and any
>>> future use of the content. If someone creates a better alternative to
>>> Wikipedia where the content is used, why should it be continued to be
>>> attributed to Wikipedia, rather than the authors?
>> I must be  a moron or at least functionally illiterate, since
>> I simply cannot parse the previous paragraph in a way
>> that makes logical sense.
> :-)
I whole-heartedly apologize to you for previously
intimating that your ability at humour is at the
native level of Germans everywhere around the


> Imagine that:
> 1) The Wikimedia Foundation is taken over by evil reptilian kitten eaters;
> 2) Wikipedians join forces to fork Wikipedia into Freependium, which
> has an explicit policy to not eat kittens (FP:DONOTEAT);
> 3) Two years later, nobody uses Wikipedia anymore except for a few die
> hard kitten eaters;
> 4) Yet, millions of Freependium users need to continue to reference
> the kitten eating Wikipedia because of the attribution requirements.
> Unlikely? Perhaps - though some people say that the evil reptilian
> kitten eater takeover has already begun. The way around this is to
> formulate attribution requirements that do not require specific
> reference to Wikipedia, but only to the individuals who contributed
> the text.

I really laughed at this.

Still waiting for a substantive reply though.


Jussi-Ville Heiskanen

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