[Foundation-l] Attribution survey, first results

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Wed Mar 4 18:35:11 UTC 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>wrote:

> 2009/3/4 Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org>:
> > What constitutes a significant majority?  What if the survey results had
> > said that a significant majority was happy with their work being released
> > into the public domain.  Would you then find it reasonable to release
> > *everyone's* work into the public domain?
> No, because that wouldn't be legal.

What if the FSF could be convinced to come up with a GFDL 1.4 which makes it

> I'm not a statistician, someone else can work out how large a majority
> is needed from a sample size of 570 to be confident (at the 95% level,
> say?) that a majority of the population as a whole agrees.

So if 51% of Wikipedians wanted no attribution (say everyone was polled),
and the government made it legal, then the other 49% should lose their right
to attribution?

> Order of difficulty is not the same as order of happiness.  I would be
> > happier with "no credit" than "credit to Wikipedia".
> Could you explain your reasons for that?

Probably not easily.  We'd have to get way off topic for this list (and I'd
have to make statements that would hurt people's feelings and be seen as

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