(This is just my opinion. But in case you had to face a similar decision this might help…)
It’s the end of the year – it’s time to make a donation to one of the many worthy causes this big network called the Internet is full of. I don’t want to enter into details as to my financial situation – suffice to say a choice had to be made. And the choice was between Wikimedia Foundation and Creative Commons. I just want to say that many factors were weighed in order to make this decision.
* is the license that already covers the entirety of the contents of this blog;
* is the best possible compromise between gung-ho copyright protection and no-copyright at all (a solution that I still found fancy, but not implementable in the present situation);
* messes up with the law through uncontrolled license proliferation and sometimes downright misuse;
* gives away free t-shirts to donors ;)!
* produces the de facto go-to reference for every first search on the web;
* is a philosophy I enforce through the creation of collaborative wikis in my everyday research activity;
* is recreating (through a complex “caste system” of gold-star editors, administrators, experts, etc. ) the same academic hierarchies it was supposed to stand up to.
So if you scroll down this page, you will see where my money went: to Creative Commons – which gave me in exchange a cheesy green badge for “Premium” users. This titillates my narcissism and also voices my dissent as to the directions Wikipedia has taken in the last 12 months.