Proposal talk:The third party authors

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This proposal apparently is about re-using GFDL-licensed content. In such cases the GFDL-license requires that the earlier authors are listed, which often is not done in transporting material from one Wikipedia to another. The proposal wants to track such cases and repair them. - Brya 17:54, 30 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Some proposals will have massive impact on end-users, including non-editors. Some will have minimal impact. What will be the impact of this proposal on our end-users? -- Philippe 00:17, 3 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Impact would be substantial. The user would get an effective tool for listing authors and fulfil clauses of CC-BY-SA license in a strong sense. Therefore he will be really free (in sense of freedom), independent on Wikimedia.
Now, the user can use Wikimedia policy and instead listing authors, he can provide a link to an article in Wikimedia project. It is easy but he is not free. In case Wikimedia close its business, the user is trapped because he cannot provide the list of authors. And he cannot easily avoid this situation because Wikimedia does not provide these lists in a sane way.