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A useful term to describe what it seems to me that the_mitsuhiko means is "noncentral example".

The red-eyed tree frog [1] is an animal, but it is a noncentral example of an animal, i.e., it is not the typical thing you think of when you think "animal". To the_mitsuhiko, the AGPL is a noncentral example of an open source license.

The term comes from the noncentral fallacy [2], which is about abusing noncentral examples.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agalychnis_callidryas

[2] http://lesswrong.com/lw/e95/the_noncentral_fallacy_the_worst...




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