Brandon Harris wrote: > On Aug 2, 2012, at 5:45 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote: >> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: >>> What type of action was the SOPA blackout in January? >> >> You mean, given the $500,000 Google donation Wikimedia received in November >> 2011, one month after the Italian Wikipedia's blackout, and two months >> before the English Wikipedia's SOPA blackout, and round about the time >> Wikimedia first made public statements denouncing SOPA? >> >> Good question. > > This is inserting a conspiracy theory where one does not exist. > > The English Wikipedia community voted on the blackout and directed it into > existence, not the Foundation. We merely facilitated.
To be clear, my question isn't about Google or donations or anything like that. My question, more directly, is: if the SOPA action from January 2012 were held in August 2012 (following the implementation of this new statement from the General Counsel's office), would it be considered a "community initiative" or not? Given that this statement was written as a response to the January 2012 SOPA blackout, it seems like a reasonable question. Philippe and others have indicated that such actions would _not_ fall under this new doctrine. Is this correct? The line between what constitutes a community initiative and what's considered a request from an outside group still isn't clear to me, especially when I consider the Wikimedia Foundation to view the entire Wikimedia editing community as an outside group some days. MZMcBride _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l