[Foundation-l] Proposed revised attribution language

Chris Down neuro.wikipedia at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 11 05:09:17 UTC 2009

Whilst I concur that we need to address more of the specifics, I would
disagree that the proposal should incorporate rigidity about the link text
itself. There are various contexts which this will potentially accompany,
and I cannot imagine that there is a one-size-fits-all link title.

- Chris

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 5:03 AM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:

> I'm not really clear on what a link is. You specify it as a URL, but a
> URL alone does not constitute a link. A link is the rendering of this
> code:
> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page">label</a>
> But the proposed attribution guideline says absolutely nothing about
> what the link label should be, and only specifies the href component
> of the link.
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Here's a first crack at revised attribution language. When the
> > language is completely finalized, I'll send a separate note explaining
> > some of our reasoning for this general approach in more detail. In the
> > meantime, I'd appreciate it if you could point out any bugs in this
> > specific language, given its intent which should be self-evident. To
> > keep the discussion focused, please read it from the perspective of a
> > "from scratch" attribution model, i.e., imagine that a new
> > encyclopedia wiki that you'd contribute to had these terms. Which
> > problems would they cause? Are there specific third party uses that
> > would be significantly hampered by these terms?
> >
> > Thanks for any constructive feedback,
> > Erik
> >
> > Attribution: To re-distribute an article page in any form, provide
> > credit to the authors either by, at your choice, including a) a link
> > (URL) to the article or articles you are re-using, b) a link to an
> > alternative online copy which is freely accessible and conforms with
> > the license and includes a list a list of all authors, or c) such a
> > list of all authors. (Any list of authors may be filtered to exclude
> > very small or irrelevant contributions.) Rich media (images, sound,
> > video, etc.) that are the result of substantive collaborations between
> > at least five people can be credited in the same fashion, but must
> > otherwise be attributed in the manner specified by the uploader. These
> > attribution requirements apply to content developed and uploaded by
> > the Wikimedia community. Text and rich media contributions that come
> > from external sources may attach additional attribution requirements
> > to the work, which we will strive to indicate clearly to you on the
> > article or the description page for the file(s) in question.
> >
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