[Haskell] New look for haskell.org: MediaWiki

Sebastian Sylvan sebastian.sylvan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 06:23:23 EST 2006

On 1/9/06, Anders Höckersten <chucky at dtek.chalmers.se> wrote:
> sön 2006-01-08 klockan 21:12 -0500 skrev John Peterson:
> > >> wiki is under the GNU FDL so the licenses are not necessarily
> > >> compatible.
> >
> > >As far as I understand, this means that if I see a sample of code on
> > >the haskell wiki, and just want to "steal" it for my project, I'm not
> > >allowed to, unless I also release my code under the GNU FDL?
> >
> > This is something worth debating.  Certainly you can ask the author of
> > the code for permission to use it but this is an extra burden.  Would
> > be nice to have a special wiki construct to mark content as posessing
> > an "extra" license.  The whole license debate should take place as
> > soon as possible before we get a lot of content in there.  I'm not
> > wedded to the FDL.
> Hmm, here's a quick suggestion. The wiki currently says:
> "Content is available under GNU Free Documentation License 1.2."
> We change this to:
> "All Haskell source code on this page is released into the public
> domain. All other content is available under GNU Free Documentation
> License 1.2." "Haskell source code" could also be a link to an exact
> definition of what is and what is not to be regarded as Haskell source
> code, but I think that seems a bit over the top.
> It might even be reasonable to release everything into the public
> domain. If nothing else, it means we can change the license later if it
> ends up being abused (which I personally believe is a rather low risk
> scenario).

Agreed. I don't see a point in having a restrictive license on source code.

Are there any HCI specialists around? I think the web site could do
with some refactoring. I.e. have fewer and more aptly named sections
linked from the front page (do we need both "books and tutorials" as
well as "learning Haskell"?), but I'm not sure exactly how to do it.
If we're making changes anyway, this would be a good time for
significant changes to be implemented. Since the wiki isn't "live" yet
maybe people will feel less "afraid" to make big changes to the front
page without going through a big voting procedure first (it can always
be changed back, and it's not visible from the front page just yet -
so if people don't like it, there's no harm done).


Sebastian Sylvan
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