[Translators-l] Licensing update: Final steps

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Tue Jun 9 07:39:48 UTC 2009


after some internal discussion with the licensing update committee,
I'm proposing the following final site terms to be implemented on all
Wikimedia projects that currently use GFDL as their primary content
license, as well as the relevant multimedia templates:


Please note that these aren't quite yet ready for translation yet
(hence labeled draft). Please provide feedback here or on the talk
page, ideally by Thursday night UTC so we can move the process forward
on Friday.

In terms of implementing these changes, I suggest the following:

1) That the relevant site configuration variables are updated on June 15;
2) That, additionally, a central "Terms of use" page is created on
wikimediafoundation.org to house the "terms of use" above, which can
be replaced with a localized version whenever one is created;
3) That the relevant MediaWiki-messages are force-updated on all
projects to the English version above, or any translations already
created by June 15;
4) That the revised MediaWiki-messages are also translated through
translatewiki.net and hence additional translations will be rolled out
through normal i18n upgrades.

Regarding 3) and 4), this may best be achieved by creating new
MediaWiki messages. I would appreciate the advice of our translation
and tech team on this, and of course on the entire proposed process.
(I realize that there's not nearly enough time for any number of
translations, but we have a fixed deadline of beginning the roll-out
of this change by June 15.)

For multimedia, the licensing committee and the Wikimedia Commons
community are still discussing the best update strategy, but it will
probably involve a bot updating the existing templates. We're also
hoping to run a CentralNotice to explain the process to the
communities so that people can help to fix up pages and policies.

Thanks for any help in moving this forward,
Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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