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langcliffe:
The following text has appeared on some of the recent pages:

"The text of this page is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts)."

I really don't think this is appropriate. If that is the agreed approach, then it should appear once (possibly on the front page), rather than cluttering up the individual pages. If it isn't the agreed approach, then the author is effectively preventing anybody else from modifying the page which is against the whole philosophy of a wiki.

I must admit that I had made the assumption that the UK Caving Wiki did have a similar copyright approach to the Wikipedia which is what the above has been copied from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About#Trademarks_and_copyrights), but I concede I had no justification for doing so.

One thing is for sure: Wikipedia doesn't see the need for putting the licensing conditions on every one of its four million pages.

graham:
The average wikipedia page has the following in quite small type at the bottom of the page:


--- Quote ---Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of use for details.
--- End quote ---

I have copied in the relevant hyperlinks.

langcliffe:
That's true. Despite being a fairly active Wikipedia editor I hadn't noticed! It is, however, a little more subtle than what is happening now in the UK Caving Wiki.

I have also just noticed that there is already a copyright notice on each page on the UK Caving Wiki (a GNU FDL icon), so we definitely do NOT need text on every page.

graham:

--- Quote from: langcliffe on July 10, 2012, 09:59:48 pm ---That's true. Despite being a fairly active Wikipedia editor I hadn't noticed! It is, however, a little more subtle than what is happening now in the UK Caving Wiki.

--- End quote ---

It is, isn't it.


--- Quote from: langcliffe on July 10, 2012, 09:59:48 pm ---I have also just noticed that there is already a copyright notice on each page on the UK Caving Wiki (a GNU FDL icon), so we definitely do NOT need text on every page.

--- End quote ---

I would agree that it looks rather like overkill.

bubba:

I'll leave this for the wiki contributors to enlighten us about.

From the admin side, nothing has changed regarding the wiki software, etc.

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