[Foundation-l] RfC: License update proposal

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 18:15:10 UTC 2009

Andrew Gray wrote:
> 2009/1/22 Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org>:
>> A vast number of pseudonyms below have no meaning except for
>> their context in Wikipedia.
> Apropos of which, a thought. We have spilled a good bit of ink over
> whether or not it is appropriate for the reuser to attribute
> "Wikipedia users" either alone or in addition to the usernames -
> should the project have a right to attribution, etc etc etc. In
> practice, wouldn't it be almost essential to name the site where the
> work was done *as well* as the usernames? Many of the pseudonyms, in
> effect, depend on that context...
> (Apologies if this was raised before - I don't remember seeing it)
> An article which has had many developments and been passed on might
> then wind up with an amalgamated attribution line like:
> "by the United States Atomic Energy Commission (1962), Wikipedia
> contributors "NukeUser", John Smith, Jane Doe and Mike Placeholder
> (2004-2007), Citizendium contributors Alan White, John Smith and Betty
> Green (2007-2009), and anonymous contributors."
> It's not exactly smooth, but it is comprehensible, and it does seem
> helpful to name the project to give some context to the names.

Just saying "Wikipedia users" wouldn't be a good idea, but I like this
way of mentioning it.

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