On Sep 12, 2011, at 3:38 PM, Anivar Aravind wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM, Gautam John <gau...@prathambooks.org> wrote:
>> On 12 September 2011 13:16, Hisham Mundol <hmun...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> (Some) students in the Pune pilot have copy-pasted copyright material onto
>>> their articles. We are taking these copyvios extremely seriously and here's
>>> a summary of the action that we have taken.
>> You know, Hisham, it's nice that the WMF takes this seriously but we
>> might be over blowing it a tad too far. The WMFs policies work really
>> well in a 1st world environment where there is great sensitivity to
>> copyright and violations. In India, it's a different kettle of fish
>> and we need to treat it as such.
> feeling Same. Treat it like usual copyright violations happening in
> wikipedia, and take precautionary steps. Disabling Leaderboad etc
> seems to be little overstretched act. I wonder, how we missed
> addressing Copyvios at all in the programme plan?
The actions we have taken are part of a set of precautionary steps - and also
include a host of additional support for students. One the question of the
leaderboard, it's only fair that honest, hard-working students get the
recognition they deserve.
We have addressed copyvios repeatedly with students - but, what can i say,
sometimes kids will be kids… We are now reiterating the message through
multiple channels. It's opportune because a lot of students are now starting
to edit and they need reminders. The context is there are 1000 students and
the overwhelming majority are new to Wikipedia. This presents a problem of
scale for us and a challenge of familiarity for them.
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