I have idea that could simplify attribution authors by thirdparties (mirrors, printed versions, etc.).
We could include all contributors to the article in a footer, but hide them in normal page view using appropriate style.
Entity that re-use the article would have to disable this one particular style, so all authors show up.
It would look like:
<li id="f-credits">This page was last modified 18:09, 6 Feb 2005 by Wikitravel user Wojsyl.
Based on work by Jan Słupski and Mark Jaroski, Wikitravel user(s) Dimitris,
Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others<span id="f-authorshid"> (Alan, Miche, Wojtek, Adam)</span>.</li>
That's a real good idea. Frankly, if we can get the credits block to wrap properly, I'm happy to get rid of the "others" link altogether and just list all contributors. The main reason it's limited right now is that the GFDL only requires that 5 contributors be listed, and some Wikipedians thought there'd be too much credits content if we used > 5. This is kind of moot at this point, as Wikipedia doesn't use the credits block and I don't think the foundation has any plans to. --Evan 10:57, 9 Feb 2005 (EST)
...if we can get the credits block to wrap properly.... We can! ;) But indeed displaying all spammers that have contributed to Main Page could be too much... (ok, ok, I know spammers are mostly anonymous) -- JanSlupski 11:09, 9 Feb 2005 (EST)