Forwarding to list on request of Fred Bauder.
Thanks for the response.
I would be grateful if you could please clarify the last two sentences
since I am not sure if I am reading them right.
Are you saying that Wikipedia is poorly equipped to deal with a hate
group against a small cult without "unequivocal reliable sources"? What
is impossible with a major world religion? That Wikipedia is impossibly
poorly equipped to deal with a hate group or any hate group would find
it impossible to abuse Wikipedia?
What would qualify as "unequivocal reliable sources"?
Thanks & regards,
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Libel of organisations or just individuals
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 07:32:01 -0600
From: Fred Bauder <fredbaud(a)ctelco.net>
To: English Wikipedia <wikien-l(a)Wikipedia.org>
CC: Fred Bauder <fredbaud(a)ctelco.net>et>, Simon Blandford <simon(a)bkinfo.net>
On Oct 28, 2006, at 6:20 AM, Simon Blandford wrote:
I'm a little unclear on this from reading
Wikipedia's policy on libel.
It seems concerned only with libel of individuals. What is the policy
with regards to organisations? In the UK the libel laws cover
organisations as well as individuals.
For example, what happens if an article is being used as a front for a
religious hate group? Would whether the "religion" was mainstream or
quite small make any difference?
A policy is being developed at Wikipedia:Articles about ongoing
We are against libel regardless of who it is directed at. As to
religious hate groups, I would say we are poorly equipped to say that
is the case without unequivocal reliable sources even in the case of
a small weak cult. With respect to a major world religion, it is
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