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Initial Thoughts, Concerns and Comments

Any thoughts, concerns or suggestions about cooperating with WikiOutdoors? Also, any feedback for the WikiOutdoors folks would be greatly appreciated! Kirasw 17:25, 4 December 2006 (EST)

Hi, Kirasw. So, I think this sounds like a really good idea. Detailed trail guides and such have been one of those subjects that we've wrestled with and which some (most?) people think falls out of scope for Wikitravel. If WikiOutdoors turns out to be the right partner here, this could be really good for us.
I think there are a lot of pluses: WikiOutdoors is a wiki, and it's got a Creative Commons license. However, it's a NonCommercial license, which I think might rub some people the wrong way. In particular, we couldn't move content from Wikitravel to WikiOutdoors, or vice versa. I'm not sure how important that is to other Wikitravellers; I've learned to live with it with wikiHow, but I know they'd change their license if they could.
I'll try to solicit some input from other Wikitravellers here. I think the best option for us is to have a TwinPages link on related pages, so that, say, Yosemite National Park might have a link to your Yosemite page at the same place it has a Wikipedia and Open Directory link. --Evan 19:58, 4 December 2006 (EST)
Thanks Evan. I think the reciprocal links are probably the best way to start anyway given that the any content shared across the two projects might be either too detailed or too general. Then, as we move forward in our cooperation, we can figure out if there are other ways to work together that would be compatible for both projects' goals. Kirasw 18:39, 5 December 2006 (EST)

Licensing Discussion

This page contains legal errors since it claims that WikiOutdoors' CC-byNC can be copied into Wikitravel. It can't. -- Colin 20:59, 4 December 2006 (EST)
Yeah, the "non-commercial" clause rules that out, because Wikitravel material may be used commercially. Unless WikiOutdoors switches to the same license (which would still be feasible at this early stage), the "cooperation" between the two would have to be limited to reciprocal linking. I do think the two projects are for the most part mutually complementary. - Todd VerBeek 21:35, 4 December 2006 (EST)
For now, while the copyrights are different, I will remove the incorrect info on the Sharing Content section. I'd also welcome any thoughts you all have about the CC-byNC copyright as we are still in the early stages of WikiOutdoors. Correction - just saw that this content was already changed. Thanks! Kirasw 18:39, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Kira, have you talked to Jack Herrick at wikiHow? wikiHow uses a NonCommercial license, and I know Jack has some opinions about it. If you haven't already, I'll make an introduction so you can talk to him about it. --Evan 21:59, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Just to throw in my (probably less than) two cents, it really would be a good thing if the WikiOutdoors license could allow sharing content with Wikitravel. I fully understand that there's a mistrust of commercial enterprises among many people, but I think the majority of people add content so that it will be useful to others, and that they get excited about seeing their name and work in a magazine, brochure, etc. With just a handful of articles WikiOutdoors is still in a state where it could change licenses, and even though most content won't be appropriate for sharing, it would be great to see a license that allowed common content to be used on both projects. -- Ryan 22:52, 5 December 2006 (EST)
I've been watching this for a few days now and I feel Ryan's completely right about the license issues. Changing licenses is, at this early stage, a viable option. A quick scan suggest most articles are the brain child of Kira and she could easily relicense her contribution and ask that others do. If someone objects all that really needs to be done is take a scapel to a few articles and some articles may need to be deleted, but the work wouldn't be too overwhelming. I imagine World 66 had a horrible time with it's relicensing issues, but since WikiOutdoor is in toddler mode I don't think it would be too hard. -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 23:06, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Thanks for all of the feedback on the licensing. I do know Jack Herrick (his wife and I are colleagues at Intuit), and he's given us some early feedback on the licensing. We also got some feedback from Ross Mayfield over at Socialtext, and, after those conversations, decided on the CC-byNC licensing. Let me give this a little thought, as much as mommy brain will allow, and have a chat with my technology partner, Michael. I appreciate all of your thoughts on the issue, especially as WikiOutdoors is still new. Kirasw 16:10, 6 December 2006 (EST)

WikiOutdoors as Viable Commodity?

In principle, I am very much in favor of this cooperation. However, is WikiOutdoors really a viable commodity? If it was founded in February 2006 and still only has 60 articles as of today, it's not clear that the site is gaining any traction with the on-line community. (Heck, I could write that many articles there myself, and still not talk about the really obscure/interesting places.) I don't think that's a show-stopper, but we will have to think about expectations and check back now and then to make sure it's viable. When I get a minute, I'll take a crack at the what-goes-where issue; it's fair to say that the Santa Fe (New Mexico) example used on the project page hits close to home ... -- Bill-on-the-Hill 09:55, 5 December 2006 (EST)
FYI: Kirasw was on hiatus the last couple of months-- her daughter was born in September, but it looks like the outreach to Wikitravel is part of a effort to get things going again. I think we'll see it pick up speed over the next few weeks. Maj 17:34, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Thanks Maj! I've been a bit slow on WikiOutdoors over the last couple of months as I learned how to take care of my new baby. And, yes, the outreach to Wikitravel is indeed part of getting things ramped up again. I'm also hoping to learn a lot from Wikitravellers in terms of improving WikiOutdoors so that it's truly a resource for folks who want detailed, up-to-date info on things like hiking, biking, etc. Kirasw 18:39, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Well, thus challenged, I'll start a handle and a page over there tonight -- may as well be part of the solution (and I remember well how a bambino in the household affects one's lifestyle...). Realistically, however, the concern remains. Let's keep an eye on this to make sure it takes root, as we collaboratively attempt to help it do so. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:12, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Sounds like a good way forward. Maj 20:54, 5 December 2006 (EST)
Thanks Bill-on-the-Hill! I already saw your first contribution at WikiOutdoors. Nice work!Kirasw 16:10, 6 December 2006 (EST)

WikiOutdoors Licensing Update

Based on the feedback from the Wikitravel community, the WikiOutdoors folks and further discussion with wiki enthusiasts, we've decided to update the licensing on WikiOutdoors. Existing articles on WikiOutdoors and all future articles are now licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. Thanks to everyone in the Wikitravel community who weighed in on the topic. If I understand the licensing correctly, even though the WikiOutdoors' license is newer, we can freely share content between the two sites. If this understanding is correct (i.e. if no one here objects), I will update the Wikitravel:Cooperating with WikiOutdoors article as appropriate. Thanks again, Kirasw 22:54, 2 January 2007 (EST)


I'm glad to see that WikiOutdoors is going to be a fully Open Source outdoors guide. I'd like to have the same kind of links to WO as we have with Wikipedia, Open Directory, or World66. Any reason not to? --Evan 22:46, 6 January 2007 (EST)



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