[Wikipedia-l] The threat of forking and why it is good

Jimmy Wales jwales at bomis.com
Tue Oct 30 22:43:18 UTC 2001

Axel Boldt wrote:
> We all agree that Bomis does an exceptional job in managing our little
> project, in every respect possible. Still, I think a small but real
> threat of forking is beneficial, even for our benevolent dictators.

Absolutely agreed completely.

> The current table form of the invariant section almost seems to be
> designed to defeat any forking attempt. I would prefer a version which
> makes forkers say "Ok, you could also contribute to the project at
> wikipedia.com if you think they do a better job. No hard feelings."

Well, sure!  I agree completely.  I assume you aren't recommending
that as a literal wording.  :-)

I would say that we should ask people to put the pretty table, but
require them only to put the simplest possible link back.

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