[Osmf-talk] [Legal-general] Fwd: Number of people who checked 'public domain'

Sam Vekemans acrosscanadatrails at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 15:39:03 UTC 2010

Keeping on topic :-)

(sorry to be blunt, but i dont want 100 thread post, nor do others).

My question is directed at a request to the Foundation, so to make
this info available, as this number, when comparing with the number of
volunteer check boxes, actually helps the Foundation in the decision
process. (and 'might' sway those undecided folks)

The box was placed their with purpose, so i'm requesting a result on
the count.  Technically, i think it's about the same task as getting
the number of users who has agreed volunterely.

If the answer is 'no, we dont have this information', i'm happy with
that answer also :)


On 10/17/10, andrzej zaborowski <balrogg at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 17 October 2010 09:40,  <sotm at livingwithdragons.com> wrote:
>> I don't know how many have ticked it, but I do know...
>> * it has no legal meaning.
>> * it isn't a helpful count at all.
>> I'll quote Andy, " everyone reflexively ticked the box beside the agree
>> button. I’m guessing they all thought it was a “have you read the above
>> legal stuff” which you normally get on such forms."
>> http://www.gravitystorm.co.uk/shine/archives/2010/10/04/quick-and-dirty-usability-testing-of-osm/
>> But I've also observed this happen in my own "mum test". She said she
>> thought she had to do that for OpenStreetMap.
>> I know there is the big question about making OSM Public Domain or not.
>> But
>> I would ignore arguments from both sides and remove the PD tick box. It's
>> not serving any purpose, other than two purposes it's only pretending to
>> serve.
> This is very interesting, but I wouldn't remove the tick box
> completely.  If our mums tick the box without thinking what it's for,
> they probably don't care, and don't mind their contributions being
> public domain.  And so the count would be still valid and valuable.
> Cheers
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