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Re: External Sources of Copy

From: Alex Komoroske <komoroske@google.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:32:34 +0100
Message-ID: <CAPwaZpXc2nva6GCy=oNxspDiz-uCaaX+vxU87Mj5dYdrM1D7iQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com>, Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>
Cc: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
[+ jswisher as a Mozilla MDN representative as an FYI]

Thanks for calling this out!

The vast majority of content on WPD came from a generous donation by
Microsoft to bootstrap the site, so the fact that a lot of the content
comes from MSDN is expected.

Our guidelines for external attribution are documented here:
http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/WPD:External_Attribution . Does the
article follow those guidelines (sorry, I'd check but I'm running to a


On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM, Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi -
> Apologies for all of the questions, but I had some concerns about content
> reuse on the page I'm editing:
> http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/css/properties/clear which I signed up
> for last web platform wednesday but discovered someone else had already
> filled out the content.
> A large portion of the content from:
> https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/clear, and I think some
> of the other content is from Microsoft.
> It's my understanding that since web platform is associated with the w3c,
> reusing content from there is okay, but it seems somewhat dubious to me to
> take content word for word from mozilla and microsoft. There is an
> attribution at the bottom:
> "*This article contains content originally from external sources.*
> Portions of this content come from the Mozilla Developer Network [image:
> cc-by-sa-small-wpd.svg]<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/>
> : Article <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/clear>
> Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: Windows
> Internet Explorer API reference Article<http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh828809%28v=vs.85%29.aspx>
> "
> But to me, attributions like that should only be used for quoted sections,
> not the majority of a documents copy. What is the policy on this for web
> platform?
> Thanks,
> Sarah
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