With Ubuntu redirecting Ubuntu wiki pages to AskUbuntu, we have an issue regarding copyright and attribution. Supposedly AskUbuntu, the Ubuntu wikis, the Ubuntu Manual, and the Ubuntu Desktop Guide all have the same CC-BY-SA-3.0 licensing requirements. However, practically, Jeff Atwood has a notice on the bottom of every page, requiring 4 things:
- Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
- Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)
- Show the author names for every question and answer
- Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., https://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)
I don't have a problem with 1 or 2 (but Yelp, Ubuntu's help browser does not show citations to end users which seems to be a bug in Yelp or Mallard or both). Number 3 and 4 are extremely time intensive and I see that requirement as significantly cluttering the user interface. Even AskUbuntu does not directly show all the editors for community wiki questions; you'd have to click revision history to see that.
The way we normally cite wiki or team contributions when it's difficult to point to any one contributor is by citing the team like "Ubuntu Documentation Team" for the stuff we do or "AskUbuntu Contributors" for this content. This is similar to how Ubuntu packages are maintained by "Ubuntu Developers" instead of the individual person or persons that Debian packages are. The way I read the CC license is that it is possible for the Original Authors to delegate their copyright to another party to make attribution easier.
Can we follow Wikipedia's example or is there a better way?