[Foundation-l] Attribution survey, first results

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen cimonavaro at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 20:01:04 UTC 2009

Thomas Dalton wrote:
> 2009/3/3 Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org>:
>> Hello all,
>> as some of you may have seen, I've run a small survey over the
>> weekend, scattered via a 5% site-notice on the English Wikipedia for
>> signed in users. The result is a self-selected sample of authors. I'll
>> publish the full anonymous raw data later this week, and I also intend
>> to run it on the German Wikipedia to get some comparative data. Please
>> note that I'll probably turn off the English version before doing so,
>> so if you feel you still want to take the survey yourself, you can do
>> so at: http://survey.wikimedia.org/index.php?sid=69514
> Excellent. Getting some idea of community opinion is very important.
> However, has anyone carried out my suggestion of consulting with the
> CC lawyers? They wrote the license, so their interpretation of it is
> highly relevant. Community opinion is only relevant within the bounds
> of what is acceptable under the license.

While there is nothing I disagree logically with in your
statement; I do think the last sentence is only acceptable
if taken in the absolute.

Certainly that is an "utmost" framework that cannot be
transgressed. But there are many, many, many things
clearly and unambiguously acceptable within hte bounds
of the license, which are clearly unacceptable for our

There is no reason for us to stretch the license "as far
as it can go".


Jussi-Ville Heiskanen

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