The Wikist Link
I’ve just recently mentioned the Wikipedia issue about having to register to post/edit. This was obviously made to counter the “Wikipedia Vandalism” phenomenon, where articles were modified to represent opinions, enter disputable content or just to enter silly stuff.
Apparently there are worst things that won’t be resolved by such a method.
In a recent article in Clickable Culture, the author wrote about a full article being lifted verbatim from his site, not only without credit, but “they submitted an entire paragraph of my writing under the GNU Free Documentation License.” (in a nutshell, this means that any text found in the Wikipedia can be copied, used, modified, or be used as a base for another article with no fee).
The writer goes on mentioning that to delete the article, “I had to agree to license my “contribution” under the GFDL.” I don’t really see why he had to do this. I would just write to the Wikipedia admins and demand them to remove the article. I understood that he eventually decided to keep the text, but modified it. So now it’s under the GFDL, under his approval. Not nice, if you think about it.