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2004 Wiki Changes and Licensing Discussion

Happy New Year!

Please read the following important information if you are a user of the Game Design Wiki or might want to be.

This morning, 1 January 2004, I upgraded the MoinMoin? software that drives the wiki from version 1.0 to version 1.1. Here are some of the changes that users of the wiki may notice:

[^ Ron's Info Closet]

Unfortunately, the feature I most wanted to see in this upgrade, an RSS feed for RecentChanges, is broken with the current version of the software. I have communicated with several MoinMoin? developers, and they are not sure what the problem is. They are working on it, though, and we're not the only users to experience it. I have disabled the RSS feed until someone finds a solution. If you are not familiar with RSS feeds, here is a great introduction:

There is one other potential change I would like to talk to users of the wiki about. With the current version of MoinMoin?, it is possible to display something like the following text when a user is editing a page:

By hitting Save Changes you put your changes under the GnuFreeDocumentationLicense?. If you don't want that, hit Cancel to cancel your changes.

If you click on "GnuFreeDocumentationLicense?", it would normally take you to the text for the license, which can also be read here:

I have already implemented this on my new Glass Bead Game Wiki, so feel free to play around in the sandbox there to see this feature in action. Please don't add any pages that are not related to the subject of the Glass Bead Game Wiki, of course!

The terms on the licensing page of the GBG Wiki read,

All data on this wiki entered on or after 01 January 2004 is copyrighted by its author in the year it was entered, and permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of version 1.2 of this license is included below.

In other words, users "own" the copyright to their own text and images, but they make it freely available to the community. This is a standard "free" license that is used widely, not least for most piecepack games. I would like to add this feature to the FIXME Wiki, but I don't want to do so until there has been a discussion of the issue. I will give users on this list until 1 February 2004 to ask questions, give opinions, and raise objections. If there are no serious objections by 1 February, I will implement this feature on the wiki. I hope there are no serious objections; in my opinion, it is important to have a license like this for the data on the wiki because the whole wiki ethic is about freedom and leaving your work open to borrowing and changes by others.

Again, my best wishes for everyone reading this in 2004!

Game on,

--Ron_Hale-Evans?, wiki admin

Discuss changes and potential changes here:

I'm fine with it. GFDL? Okay. -- LionKimbro [[DateTime?(2004-01-21T02:15:43Z)]]