[Mediawiki-l] Please convince me to make my software open source (2)

Bernard@bernardHulsman.nl bernard at bernardhulsman.nl
Fri Jan 22 08:32:31 UTC 2010

Domas Mituzas wrote:
> Hi Bernard,
> I think you should go entirely closed-source, and close yourself up in a bunker without internet. 
> I just thought you may want to hear another opinion.
> Domas
Domas, this will come to a different stage. What happened to me was 
abuse of my positive trust. I assumed the MediaWiki community had high 
moral standards. Of course there can be a few exceptions.

I really thought "assume good faith" was more then just speech.

On Wikipedia good faith is assumed. If your correct edit of a Wikipage 
is corrupted by a vandal there is a high developed mechanism to stop 
this vandal. Only because this mechanism exist the quality of the 
content is so high.

But for MediaWiki Open Source  software it seems to you;  if there has 
been a vandal who abused your trust, accept that. That seems to be 
normal in your opinion. There is no mechanism to correct this and there 
is no need for such a mechanism.

Even if moral standards does not have a high value to you. And the world 
is limited only about making everything Open Source. Even then, do you 
think it is wise to accept such an abuse? Do you think this will help 
moving to Open Source?

If Wikipedia should have this attitude, nobody should edit anymore.

But Domas, I am happy you took the effort to reply. All replies together 
give me a better impression of the MediaWiki community, and its way of 

With regards Bernard

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