User talk:Mdennis (WMF)

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Classic 100 opera (ABC) and others[edit]

This and a series of related articles are lists of the most popular classical music broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). I nominated these articles for deletion in 2011, contending that they are non-notable and a probable copyright violation. Fans leaped to the article's defense, and the article was not deleted. But the copyright issue remained unresolved. Recently interest has revived in the article, which drew my attention to it once again.

I believe the articles are a clear copyright violation. Wikipedia:Non-free content and your essay on the subject suggest that the factor in determining copyright status of a list is whether criteria for selecting the candidates for the list were objective or subjective. A rereading of the ABC website indicates that the candidates for the "Classic 100" lists were selected from pieces broadcast by the station, that is, selected subjectively by the editors of the programs. The ABC website states here about one of these lists: "Producer Phil Carrick selected music that included much idiosyncrasy, hopping between instrumental music, opera, medieval chant and a substantial serve of Australian contemporary classical music." Presumably, the other lists are based on selection criteria equally subjective.

If you agree with me that these articles are copyright violations, I would appreciate it if you would handle the deletion. I already nominated them once for deletion, and I don't want to be the bad guy again. Of course, if you disagree with me, I accept your superior judgement in this matter.

The articles in question are listed (there are many of them) at Classic 100 Countdowns (ABC)


--Ravpapa (talk) 04:38, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Ravpapa, I believe you have contacted the wrong account here. :) The Wikimedia Foundation and its employees are not involved in editorial judgments on content and cannot be. In my work role, I can only involve myself in copyright concerns where DMCA processes are followed and the Wikimedia Foundation's designated agent contacted by copyright holder. With my volunteer account, User:Moonriddengirl, I can act just as any other editor can.
Since I think it's Moonriddengirl you want here, I'm responding with that account.
In my volunteer capacity, I agree with you that the content is protected by copyright. I truncated it during the AFD but restored it when the ABC wrote an email to the permissions queue granting license to the the text of the ABC Classic FM Classic 100 Countdown lists. A record has been made of that on the talk page of the article, and a note of the license is at the base of the page. Any ABC Classic FM Classic 100 Countdowns released prior to March 18, 2011 should be covered by that release. I would not use lists released after without additional license statement. The license did not release future lists. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 12:18, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Book creator bugs - being looked at?[edit]

Hey Maggie, I apologise if this is the wrong place!

While working on OTRS, one thing that astounds me is the number of reports of book renderings failing with "non-zero code: 1", and no further information to aid diagnostics. When I reported this in the bud tracker (phab:T94308) several months back, there are loads of other cases of this occuring (I merged a load together, but still more exist). I wonder if you knew if this tool was still being worked on, and if not, why not when there are this many bugs in it still?

Thanks in advance, Mdann52 (talk) 21:15, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Hello, Mdann52. This place works as well as any other. :) I do not know; I will see what I can find out! --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 12:30, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks in advance! Mdann52 (talk) 13:50, 17 August 2015 (UTC)