[Foundation-l] Fwd: It.wikipedia will be turned on

Ilario Valdelli valdelli at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 11:48:19 UTC 2011

Sorry for the cross-posting, but I write here what I have already
submitted to internal.

It seems that there is the majority to put it.wikipedia.org alive
again in the following hours.

The law has not been approved yet but the committee, who has in charge
the proposal, has accepted some amendments like that of the paragraph
29 (which is the point in discussion in it.wikipedia.org).

It means that a proposal will be submitted to the approval of the
Parliament but it's not sure that it will be approved or not.

The Parliament can:

A) reject the whole law
B) approve the law but reject the amendments
C) approve the law and the amendments

At the moment there is still a big conflict in the Parliament to
proceed with the point A but if the point A will be approved, the
feeling is they will proceed with the scenario C.

Anyway what is very important is the impact of the action of
it.wikipedia.org in Italy and how it has been perceived, and I think
that this is an interesting point like "post-mortem" phase to analyze
some results:

A) Wikipedia is considered in Italy like a "vital"service, important
like the power supplier or the transportation and the strike in
Wikipedia has been considered like a strike of the railroads
B) The impact in all persons have been strong and all of them have
understood what is in discussion and the consequences of paragraph 29.
In my opinion Wikipedia has supplied to a missed information in the
C) No one understand that the editors in Wikipedia are volunteers and
this is not a real strike or a "public" service (this is really a
strange feedback)

These are three important points, in my opinion, that can help to
understand what Wikipedia is for any normal people in Italy.


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