I'm suggesting, if the PinWiki people really have good intentions, what they need to do is change the terms of service and licensing restrictions to be public domain and/or Creative Commons public licensing, meaning all content must be contributed in the spirit of open source. None of this barrage of pictures with "copyright xxx" on them.
The problem is, all the existing content has been contributed under more restrictive terms. They either need to revamp all that, or someone should start a new Wiki site that uses the same licensing arrangements as Wikipedia. This is the *only* way to ensure that the content will be freely available on the Internet.
Now if these peoples' intentions are less than honorable, it's a brilliant plan: They offer the web site, they collect all the information, then at some point in the future they put up a paywall, or they decide to publish the information as a book *for their own personal profit* and nobody can do anything about it. If you contribute content to the site, you gave them the rights to use your work. Nowhere does it say they can't charge for it. Nowhere does it say that information has to be made freely available. There is this premise that there will be mirror sites, but it's irrelevant because according to the terms, only one site has rights to "display" the content.
In Contrast, I run my own web site, PinballHelp.com. Which has repair videos and information. I create all the content myself; I write everything; I shoot my own video; I take my own pictures. I offer the info free to the community. But it's still my content. I can do what I want with it at any time. PinWiki is the same kind of deal except they're taking other peoples' content and I think a lot of the contributors may not be aware of it.
I'm not trying to diss those guys for what they're doing. It's just not "open source." It's just as closed a system as my own, Clay's or anybody elses. But the difference is, me and Clay are creating our own content. We're not inviting other people to put stuff on our web site that we are claiming rights to. Something about that just doesn't sit right with me.
I have plenty of content and information I'd like to contribute to such a project, but I am not comfortable with the terms. I don't like the idea that if I post something on the site, I'm not guaranteeing it's available to the community; I'm simply granting "PinWiki.com" the ability to do what they want with it. As a result, I'd rather just host my own content that way I can be sure it will stay up.