Last modified: 2011-12-06 02:25:07 UTC
It was suggested that a more inviting message could be used in the footer (per default for free licenses, and/or on wikimedia projects), to encourage copying and distributing the content. So, instead of "Content is available under GNU Free Documentation License" it could say something like "You may freely distribute the content of this page under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License". This should make it clearer to the casual reader what the GFDL is really about.
Is there any reason not do this? I think the idea was to encourage spreading content especially in restrictive environments, like the PRC, where the site may not be accessible directly to everyone.
I support it. In my experience, many people don't know about GFDL (at all, or enough), so that could really affect them.
I think this should be WONTFIX/INVALID. Default setting of MediaWiki is 'no license specified'. When a license is used, it is substituted for $1 in 'copyright': 'Content is available under $1.'. Without making separate messages for the licenses that are supported by the deault installer, this is not feasible. Aside from this, there are some (very undocumented) settings that 'do stuff':
/** Override for copyright metadata.
* TODO: these options need documentation
$wgRightsPage = NULL;
$wgRightsUrl = NULL;
$wgRightsText = NULL;
$wgRightsIcon = NULL;
/** Set this to some HTML to override the rights icon with an arbitrary logo */
$wgCopyrightIcon = NULL;
To product Wikimedia. Can't do anything here per comment 2.
Closing bug per comment 3.