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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

morven2 Re:Its simple really (372 comments)

Wikipedia should document the world as it is, which includes a fair population of neopagans.

The "Anything I don't like/don't care about is non-notable!" attitude is a big problem with deletionism.

about a year ago
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Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data

morven2 Re:What about the backup (crazy talk)? (304 comments)

I bet you they didn't. Wouldn't be the first time a company thought RAID meant you didn't have to take backups.

It would be very ironic if the reason they were upgrading was partly that backups weren't working anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Photos On Wikipedia Are So Bad

morven2 Re:Image uploads are restricted (572 comments)

I believe you can upload to Wikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org) without article edits. Pictures placed there can be used by any Wikimedia project (including all the different language editions). You might want to try there -- or as David Gerard said above, put them on Flickr tagged CC-By-SA and put a comment on the talk page saying "I have these photos; could someone upload them?"

Heck, do so and email me; I'll put 'em up. (morven@byz.org)

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Photos On Wikipedia Are So Bad

morven2 Re:Mr. Avenaim doesn't get it... (572 comments)

Every contribution to Wikipedia is copyright by its contributor. Wikipedia owns the copyright to almost nothing on its site - only those portions created by employees of the Wikimedia Foundation.

What they do demand is it must be released under a license that allows fairly liberal re-use. No 'non-commercial'. No 'internet only'. No 'wikipedia only'. You can demand that your work be attributed and you can demand that derived works be licensed under the same terms as the original. Few other restrictions are acceptable.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the Photos On Wikipedia Are So Bad

morven2 Re:Freedom versus high quality pictures (572 comments)

If anyone told you this, they were badly misinformed, or you're not describing the situation accurately.

Wikipedia does not require you to give up your copyright or ownership; what they do require is that you license your images under an acceptable free license (the exact details of what's acceptable are on the site somewhere). You can definitely retain the right to be attributed as the creator of the image. You can also insist that any re-user must release their derived work under the same license.

In general, the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (CC-By-SA) is the simplest and most common of these licenses; you can read its terms at creativecommons.org if interested.

Did you, perhaps, wish to have some other constraint on the images, for example restricting re-use (permission only for Wikipedia, or only for non-commercial use)?

more than 4 years ago
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Gracenote Founder Rewriting History At Wikipedia

morven2 Re:JFK's assassination and Wikipedia (201 comments)

It's a bit ... rich to be criticising people for using screen names when you're doing it yourself, isn't it? I don't see your real name on this post.

That being said, many Wikipedia contributors either use their real name, or if they use a handle give their real name on their user page.

more than 7 years ago

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