The strategy recommendations include the text: "Explore fees or sustainability models for enterprise-scale commercial reusers, taking care to avoid revenue dependencies or other undue external influence in product design and development. / Develop appropriate safeguards to ensure continued free, unrestricted access for non-commercial, research, and small to moderate commercial use." Earlier versions elaborate somewhat, and there were considerable reservations expressed about the idea during the process.
It is quite concerning. -- Yair Rand בתאריך יום א׳, 14 ביוני 2020 ב-14:33 מאת Amir Sarabadani < ladsgr...@gmail.com>: > Hello, > Today I stumbled upon this public phabricator ticket  created by someone > from WMF starting with: > "My team is creating bi-weekly HTML Dumps for all of the wikis, except for > wikidata as part of the paid API project." > > I have so many questions: > - What is the "paid API" project? Are we planning to make money out of our > API? Now are we selling our dumps? > - If so, why is this not communicated before? Why are we kept in the dark? > - Does the board know and approve it? > - How is this going to align with our core values like openness and > transparency? > - The ticket implicitly says these are going to be stored on AWS ("S3 > bucket"). Is this thought through? Specially the ethical problems of > feeding Jeff Bezos' empire? (If you have seen this episode of Hasan > Minhaj's on ethical issues of using AWS ). Why can't we do/host this on > Wikimedia infrastructure? Has this been evaluated? > - Why is the community not consulted about this? > > Maybe I missed announcements, consultations or anything, forgive me for my > ignorance. Any pointers is enough. I also understand diversifying our > revenue is a good tool for rainy days but a consultation with the community > wouldn't be too bad. > > : https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T254275 > : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5maXvZ5fyQY > > Best > -- > Amir (he/him) > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>