[cc-community] Re: Which License for a Wiki?
bkhl at stp.ling.uu.se
Sun Jun 5 16:17:59 EDT 2005
Rob Myers <robmyers at mac.com> writes:
> Wikis are amongst the best mechanisms for handling attribution, being
> essentially large online databases. So I don't understand where
> attribution becomes a problem for Wikis. Indeed to my layperson's eyes
> the case that Wiki's need help with attribution is suspect.
Well, many (probably most) wikis throw away diffs that are over a
certain age. Mostly, you have a history of who edited what when, but
can't extract who did what.
So, while in theory you're right, for your argument to hold water, you
would have to use a wiki package that preserves all patches to a page.
Also, you would also want to make it easy to query the wiki about what
people are to be attributed for a specific quote from a page, something
I haven't seen to be possible in any wiki I have used.
In fact, making a wiki where this kind of ownership tracking is
possible could be quite an interesting project for some programmer with
an interest in CC.
Björn Lindström <bkhl at stp.ling.uu.se>
Student of computational linguistics, Uppsala University, Sweden
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