Consider adding license information to wiki contents?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Fri Apr 13 09:11:03 UTC 2018

Hi Boyuan,

On 13 April 2018 at 03:03, Boyuan Yang <073plan at> wrote:
> Several weeks have passed and seems that there's no progress here; the mail
> copy sent to original discussion participants got no replies and one of the
> email address also bounces.

Sorry for the lack of reply, I've been quite busy lately. I also don't
have a great answer for you. We cannot post-hoc enforce a licence on
content: anything that is there is copyright to the actual author. We
can enforce a licence on new content, but relicensing the existing
content is quite a time-consuming process: first finding who wrote it
in the first place, and then getting in contact with them. The former
is difficult because we have moved from twiki -> MoinMoin -> ikiwiki,
in most cases losing history. We can find the history, but it takes a
lot of time. Secondly, this content dates back in some cases to 2004,
and contacting people after 14 years is notoriously difficult.

This is not to say that it can't be done, it's just that we don't have
the time for it right now. Volunteers welcome. :)

> It would be great if anyone could help me get into contact with the original
> author of
> . Besides, I believe setting up a default license for contents
> should be of higher priority given's fame and importance in
> FLOSS world.

I've CCed the two people who I believe wrote the content originally,
who can answer for the spec. They could assign a licence to it and
perhaps move it to the specifications repo as well.


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