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The Wikia move is generating a lot of negative reactions. This page is intended to consolidate the viewpoints and to gauge the amount of support for each viewpoint. Please endorse all statements you support, or write your own summary. You may also indicate opposition to a view, but also consider another statement if your point of view is not represented here.

  • This page is not intended for the community to "control" the sale of GameWikis to Wikia, which has already happened. It is merely a place for concise summaries of the major points of view, with an indication of the level of support for each view. Those who object to the sale or wish to seek remedies, legal or otherwise, for (perceived or actual) wrongs should contact the involved parties directly.
  • In order for this page to be useful, it has to be concise. Please avoid repetition.
  • THIS IS NOT A VOTE!

GuildWars Wikia is non-commercial

This is not a matter of concensus, really. The license makes it clear that no-one is able to profit from this except to keep the servers active. That means no personal gain.

Users who endorse this view

  1. BftP 19:10, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. The Imperialist 19:29, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. Alari 19:47, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. Lord Belar 19:50, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. --GEO-logo Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 21:11, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  6. --Hrothgarsig (talk) 03:30, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. HarshLanguage Qswearing small 04:14, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. —ǥrɩɳsɧƿoɲ 06:09, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  9. Toxik 06:51, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  10. 84.145.201.229 08:03, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  11. --- 24.158.97.168
  12. Jugalator [AB] 16:37, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  13. Silver Sunlight SSunlight 17:58, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  14. Edru viransu 19:05, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  15. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  16. Ichigo724Ichigo-signature 23:26, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  17. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  18. Marcopolo47 signature new (Talk) (Contr.) 00:16, 16 September 2007 (CDT) /agree
  19. Dunkoro 04:47, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  20. -Auron 04:56, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  21. Jelmewnema 05:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  22. Icy Hot Ben 16:35, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  23. Merengue 22:01, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  24.   Riven-sig   16:16, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  25. -- bcstingg (talkcontribs) 15:01, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  26. Hawk SkeerHawkicon 09:48, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  27. Bo Fairfield AMP 14:15, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  28. User Frvwfr2 signature frvwfr2 (T/C) 14:31, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  29. Kokuou 14:41, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  30. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT)
  31. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  32. PurpleXVI 15:52, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  33. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  34. Isk8 22:04, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
  35. 99.225.57.217 20:56, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
  36. -- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 20:59, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Users who are neutral

  1. What? —ShadyGuy 14:58, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Zulu Inuoe 01:46, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
  3. ZamaneeZealot&#039;s Fire(contribs) 21:28, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
  4. Me + Politics = miffed rellik --Blue.rellik 12:24, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:20, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (This is being taken to mean that the community cannot profit, so I disagree on principle, if we have value as a community why shouldn't we all benefit from it!)

Phil (Gravewit) is entitled to recoup his financial losses hosting the GuildWars Wikia

While the GuildWars Wikia is not a commercial entity, it is not a charity either. Gravewit is entitled to recover all money he has lost hosting this site. This includes lost income from his time commitment. There is nothing illegal about running ads per se, or selling the GuildWars Wikia to Wikia per se, as long as Gravewit simply recovers his losses.

Users who endorse this view

  1. BftP 19:10, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Alari 19:47, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. Lord Belar 19:50, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT) (recoup as in, break even)
  6. Marcopolo47 signature new (Talk) (Contr.) 00:17, 16 September 2007 (CDT) (what Entropy said, not to make any sort of profit, though)
  7. Same as entropy Silver Sunlight SSunlight 05:35, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:28, 18 September 2007 (CDT) Recoup as in, donations + advertisement income + Wikia money = server & bandwidth costs
  9. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT) as with the shoepuppet master
  10. Mr. Mango 01:08, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  11. Zulu Inuoe 01:47, 5 October 2007 (UTC) (I don't see anything wrong with him gaining money from it either)
  12. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  13. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  14. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:03, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Users who are neutral

  1. --GEO-logo Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 21:12, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Silver Sunlight SSunlight 17:59, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. Ichigo724Ichigo-signature 23:26, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  5. Me + Politics = miffed rellik --Blue.rellik 12:24, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. The Imperialist 19:29, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Jugalator [AB] 16:44, 15 September 2007 (CDT) [time commitement was solely out of personal choice and there is no "entitlement" I can see here to use the NC-licensed site content for profit]
  3. Edru viransu 19:05, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. -Auron 04:56, 16 September 2007 (CDT). This is a wiki about a game, not a job or monetary investment (as evidenced by the license of this wiki). He is not entitled to recoup money spent out of his own pocket.
  5. HarshLanguage Qswearing small 05:52, 16 September 2007 (CDT) Gravewit hasn't had any "losses." He's had profits. The money he's earned off GuildWars Wikia ads, even before the Wikia sale, has certainly more than covered his costs.
  6. ShadyGuy 14:59, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. Merengue 22:06, 16 September 2007 (CDT) [Gravewit is entitled at best to the losses directly involved in the acquisition of the domain, and any other out-of-pocket expenses, in my opinion. Time, however, is worthless. Priceless would be a more artistic term, but the point remains, his time is worth no more than those of, say, the sysops, my own, or anyone else's in the community. To put it another way, if I donate time at any non-profit organization, the only deduction I can put on my tax return are the price of gas, and a few other direct expenses, even if the services rendered by me are professional, and worth quite a fair sum.]
    • OK, I'm convinced. Line about time is crossed out. BftP 02:30, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  8.   Riven-sig   16:18, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  9. Hawk SkeerHawkicon 09:49, 19 September 2007 (CDT) Harsh said it.
  10. ZamaneeZealot&#039;s Fire(contribs) 21:28, 11 October 2007 (UTC)losses? he's netted 62k over for the Gwiki sale for himself. adverts more than cover the costs.
  11. 99.225.57.217 20:57, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Phil (Gravewit) or Wikia should disclose details of GuildWars Wikia's finances

Much of the apparent community outrage stems from Gravewit's secrecy about the monies involved. Gravewit or Wikia should publicly declare the GuildWars Wikia's valuation to end the rampant speculation on how much Gravewit has personally profited from the transfer.

Users who endorse this view

  1. BftP 19:10, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. The Imperialist 19:29, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. Alari 19:47, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. Lord Belar 19:50, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. --GEO-logo Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 21:11, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  6. --Hrothgarsig (talk) 03:31, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. HarshLanguage Qswearing small 04:14, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. —ǥrɩɳsɧƿoɲ 06:08, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  9. Toxik 06:53, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  10. 84.145.201.229 08:02, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  11. Mightywayne 17:14, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  12. Edru viransu 19:05, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  13. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  14. Ichigo724Ichigo-signature 23:26, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  15. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  16. Marcopolo47 signature new (Talk) (Contr.) 00:16, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  17. -Auron 04:56, 16 September 2007 (CDT) The wiki should have had a treasurer or similar from the beginning.
  18. Jelmewnema 05:10, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  19. Silver Sunlight SSunlight 05:36, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  20. Dunkoro 13:04, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  21. ShadyGuy 15:00, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  22. Merengue 22:08, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  23. --Dragonaxe 03:05, 17 September 2007 (CDT) [If nothing more than for the users to know.]
  24.   Riven-sig   16:19, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  25. -- bcstingg (talkcontribs) 15:02, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  26. Hawk SkeerHawkicon 09:50, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  27. Bo Fairfield AMP 14:15, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  28. Kokuou 14:43, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  29. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT)
  30. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  31. ZamaneeZealot&#039;s Fire(contribs) 21:28, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
  32. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  33. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  34. DNA 21:01, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Users who are neutral

  1. User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:35, 18 September 2007 (CDT) Gravewit should disclose the full ledger up until GuildWars Wikia acquisition by Wikia, including all expenses and all revenue, not including how much Wikia paid him.
  2. Zulu Inuoe 01:49, 5 October 2007 (UTC) (I second PanSola's opinion)
  3. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:18, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (All a bit irrelvant now really, but would ne nice to see, I spose...)
  4. Me + Politics = miffed rellik --Blue.rellik 12:24, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Phil (Gravewit) had retained full ownership of all tangible GameWikis assets

Until the transfer to Wikia, Gravewit was the sole owner of the server(s) and the GameWikis domain names. Being personal property, he has always had the right to do with them as he pleased, including sell them to a second party. Any donations received by Gravewit were never intended to transfer equity in GameWikis to the donaters. All agreements, verbal or otherwise, between Gravewit and third parties that were not concluded with legally binding contracts are not, and were never, operative.

The Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.0 is a distribution license covering the content of the GameWikis wikis, not an ownership contract covering any tangible GameWikis assets. The contents of the wikis are not, and have never been, GameWikis assets.

Users who endorse this view

  1. 193.52.24.125 23:38, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. ShadyGuy 15:01, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:32, 18 September 2007 (CDT) minus the GuildWars Wikia domain name which is Martin's. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:32, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. --Winterbay 13:07, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Users who are neutral

  1. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT) (Gravewit owned the server(s) and the contents of the wikis are not, and have never been, GameWikis assets, but a verbal contract is still a contract, as for the issue of domain name ownership, I can't make an informed statement on the issue without knowing the facts)
  2. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT) (what Gordon said, and need to hear more from folks like Martin Lightbringer before being able to determine the true nature of "ownership" here.)
  3.   Riven-sig   16:20, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  5. Zulu Inuoe 01:51, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
  6. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  7. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  8. Me + Politics = miffed rellik --Blue.rellik 12:25, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. The Imperialist 09:27, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Lord Belar 17:07, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. 84.145.201.240 14:54, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:17, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (If you set up a "community", you have moral responsibilities, if nothing else, to play fair!)

Users who do not understand what this view is on about

  1. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT)

The legality of the transfer to Wikia depends on what was sold

Because the Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.0 is a distribution license, all contributors retain perpetual original copyright on their contributions. Gravewit is prevented from selling these contributions for personal profit according to clause 4(c) of the license. However, he is allowed to sell all GameWikis assets that he owns. As long as Wikia has not given any money to Gravewit in exchange for the database, which Gravewit does not own, the sale cannot be illegal on licensing terms.

Users who endorse this view

  1. 193.52.24.125 23:38, 14 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Lucielle 22:11, 14 September 2007 (PST)
  3. The Imperialist 09:26, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. Jugalator [AB] 16:38, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. Lord Belar 17:08, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  6. Edru viransu 19:05, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  9. -Auron 04:56, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  10. Silver Sunlight SSunlight 05:38, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  11. Dunkoro 13:04, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  12. 84.145.201.240 14:54, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  13. --GEO-logo Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 21:55, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  14. Merengue 22:09, 16 September 2007 (CDT) [With Reservations: See Talk.]
  15.   Riven-sig   16:21, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  16. User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:37, 18 September 2007 (CDT) The content on the Wiki is technically available for free. Gravewit can sell the "tangible assets" he owns, which might not include the GuildWars Wikia domain name. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:37, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  17. (semi-endorse)Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT) I feel they should be able to pay him for the database, but only what it's cost out of his own pocket to host it.
  18. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)
  19. ZamaneeZealot&#039;s Fire(contribs) 21:30, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
  20. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  21. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. --24.206.111.186 07:59, 15 September 2007 (CDT)

Users who find this view to be legalistic mumbo jumbo

  1. Yes, through the twin miracles of lawyers and accountants we might somehow come to see this sale as "legal". But at the end of the day GuildWars Wikia would have no value whatsoever if not for the contents of the database. BftP 02:33, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. Bo Fairfield AMP 14:17, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. Zulu Inuoe 01:52, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
  4. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:14, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (At the end of the day the community is being sold along with the "infrastructure" & the "content".)
  5. Me + Politics = miffed rellik --Blue.rellik 12:25, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

The use of CC-NC content prohibits GameWikis or the owner from turning a profit

If GameWikis, either through ad revenue or sales, earned a single dime of profit, then GameWikis is (was) a commercial enterprise and in breach of the Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.0 license. Furthermore, Wikia as a for-profit commercial enterprise cannot host CC-NC content to earn revenue.

The use of an NC license is meant, in spirit, as insurance against the very situation this wiki finds itself in.

Users who endorse this view

  1. --24.206.111.186 05:44, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. —ǥrɩɳsɧƿoɲ 06:08, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  3. 84.145.201.229 08:01, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. The Imperialist 09:27, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. Lord Belar 17:08, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  6. Gordon Ecker 21:22, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. Ichigo724Ichigo-signature 23:26, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:07, 16 September 2007 (CDT) (at least until someone from Wikia can find a loophope in the license)
  9. Marcopolo47 signature new (Talk) (Contr.) 00:15, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  10. -Auron 04:56, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  11. Jelmewnema 05:11, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  12. Silver Sunlight SSunlight 05:39, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  13. Toxik 07:01, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  14. Merengue 22:14, 16 September 2007 (CDT)
  15. Kokuou 14:44, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  16. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Users who are neutral

  1. The key phrase in 4.c. is "primarily intended for". If ads are placed on the site to pay the hosting bills, and happen to generate more revenue than needed, it's arguable that the site is still not "primarily intended for" monetary compensation even if it's earning a profit. However, the license clearly rules out something such as use by commercial entities that plan for, and receive, a net profit on every page view. -- bcstingg (talkcontribs) 15:28, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. If theres extra left over and the site is in good shape, why not get a little $$ for the work, eh? Course, legally I understand ^ ^--Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. CC by-nc-sa content can be distributed by for-profit ventures. The only restriction is that the licensed content itself not be distributed for profit. Wikia runs many wikis that use nc licenses. BftP 09:14, 15 September 2007 (CDT)
  2. User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:42, 18 September 2007 (CDT) I can set up a website, put ads on it, make 30 bucks, and that does NOT make me a "commercial enterprise". Wikia can receive advertisement income via NC content, as long as they do not keep anything over what's needed to break even with the cost of hosting it (even if they are a for-profit commercial enterprise).
  3. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT) Again, as with the shoe-puppet master
  4. Zulu Inuoe 01:54, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
  5. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  6. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:12, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (This prohibits the possibility of the community at large from profiting)

The use of CC-NC content prohibits ads altogether

BY-CC-NC prohibits all forms of financial gain, even if it is being raised for the cost of paying for/maintaining the servers. That means that no money can be generated on a wiki, no matter what.

Users who do NOT endorse this view

  1. Gordon Ecker 20:54, 16 September 2007 (CDT) (non-commercial means no net profit off of the non-commercial content)
  2. Hosting a by-nc-sa wiki is not a financial suicide pact. BftP 02:35, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  3.   Riven-sig   16:22, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  4. The Imperialist 17:10, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  5. Ichigo724Ichigo-signature 19:50, 17 September 2007 (CDT)
  6. User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 04:31, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  7. -- bcstingg (talkcontribs) 15:28, 18 September 2007 (CDT)
  8. Toxik 02:56, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  9. Bo Fairfield AMP 14:18, 19 September 2007 (CDT)
  10. Alert Ebany Salmonderiel (TCM) 12:56, 20 September 2007 (CDT) exactly the same as with Gordon.
  11. --Ryudo 23:14, 3 October 2007 (UTC) (Everything needs money to run)
  12. PurpleXVI 15:55, 14 October 2007 (UTC)
  13. PaintballerSig The Paintballer (T/C) 03:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
  14. Raxous wiki sig- Raxous -Raxous wiki sig 10:10, 17 October 2007 (UTC) (Yeah, in a utopian universe maybe, but in real life you need green to keep it going)

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