Bugzilla's documentation

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Thu May 8 15:02:52 UTC 2014

tl;dr: it wouldn't be too hard to relicense the Bugzilla docs as
CC-BY-SA. Should we ask people and get it done?

On 01/05/14 16:14, Gervase Markham wrote:
> * Include resources which are currently external but really belong in
> the manual (we'd need to seek authorial permission for licensing reasons)

I was working on this part. The wiki is CC-BY-SA and the manual is GFDL.
I was making a list of people who had contributed under CC-BY-SA to get
them to say OK to GFDL, but then I thought: why not the other way around?

GFDL is barely used these days; CC-BY-SA has eaten its lunch and dinner.
It also makes 2-way copying with the wiki and other sources much easier.
Is it worth making an effort to list all the people who have patched
Bugzilla's docs, and asking them if we can relicense to CC-BY-SA?

We can get the info from source control. There are a few key people.
Barnboy wrote most of the original doc, many years ago - but his web
page says he "gave copyright to the Mozilla Foundation" - see
http://barnson.org/resume. Not sure if we got that in writing, but I
guess it means he'd say yes.

If he says yes, Jake says yes, Max says yes, and all the current devs
say yes, I think we'd be most of the way there. The list of significant
contributors to the docs is not that long.

What do people think?


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