[Foundation-l] Proposed revised attribution language

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Mon Mar 16 03:17:56 UTC 2009

On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 8:55 PM, Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net> wrote:

> Anthony wrote:
> >> a) a link (URL) to the history page of the article
> >> or other page that contains the authorship
> >> information of the articles you are re-using.
> >>
> > For offline copies, that would likewise be no attribution at all.
> >
> Can we please drop the nonsense that a URL is "no attribution at all" in
> an offline context? I've made this point before, but URLs do not
> suddenly become devoid of meaning just because you're using a medium
> where you can't follow a hyperlink. I could just as soon say that print
> media aren't acceptable sources for Wikipedia articles because you can't
> check them by following a hyperlink, it's the same logic.

It's not the same logic at all.  A reference, by the very definition of the
term, refers to something outside the work itself.

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