On May 22, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Peter Mackay wrote:
willing to have Islamists, white supremacists, etc. openly
editing Wikipedia as long as they attempt to follow NPOV? I don't. I
think the presence of such individuals is harmful to the community.
That's a very POV statement in itself.
The presence of holders of minority (and majority) viewpoints on WP is
welcome. So long as they don't attempt to impose their views above all
others, and they are civil to other editors.
That's a reasonable thing to say about communists, anarchists,
radical feminists, furries, polyamorous transsexuals, anarcho-
capitalists, or almost any fringe group. The difference with anti-
Semites is that we have Jewish editors. If there were people on
Wikipedia who happened to be white supremacists or Islamists and you
had no way to tell they were either of these things from their edits,
that would be one thing. If you make your anti-semitism known,
however, I don't see why you should be welcome on Wikipedia. The very
act of accepting these types into the community would be an insult.
Philip L. Welch