Hi Henning,

Just to put you at ease: I am not making such a proposal currently, but I want to discuss options at Wikimania and other community  events.

I must however correct you on "Educational content is per se suitable for all ages". This is simply not true. Most educational is written with very specific age groups in mind. A three year old will learn from a specific category of books (most of them clearly marked with an age recommendation), while certain other topics (including sexual education, drugs, violence) are introduced in educational materials targeted at older kids. I know of no educational system in the world that doesn't apply some sort of age appropriate structure.


Le jeu. 1 juin 2023 à 12:23, Henning Schlottmann <h.schlottmann@gmx.net> a écrit :

Am 01.06.2023 10:17 schrieb Dimi Dimitrov <dimi@wikimedia.be>:

Another general solution I personally like is to move age-verification to the device or browser. [...] In this scenario the community would need to provide metadata/categorisation for sensitive content. Not sure it is feasible, but this is a universal approach that doesn't require the hovering up of user data. 

I don't want to consider this. Educational content is per se suitable for all ages and should be exempt from any such demand. There is no age for which educational content is "dangerous". 

And Dimi, please do not support any such proposal towards law-makers, because the communities will not follow you. I promise you, and everyone on this list, that all mayor projects will not categorize content for "appropriate age". I for one will prefer to shut down Wikipedia over censoring access to our work. 

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