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Newyorkbrad (Wikipedia) wrote:
| My attention has repeatedly been drawn to serious negative effects created
| by the ability of Google and other searches to search and display pages
| outside the mainspace, including pages such as XfD's, DRV's, AN/I
| discussions, and the like. Some of these discussions have taken place
| on-wiki and others, I am advised, on discussion of OTRS tickets posted by
| affected persons.
| Given the visibility of Wikipedia results on Google and other
| consistent with the overall intent of [[WP:BLP]] on En-Wiki (and what
| is its equivalent on other projects), we have a serious responsibility to
| ensure that the overall effect of Wikipedia content is a responsible one.
| This includes eliminating the likelihood that the first hit on the Google
| search for a living person is not (for example) a deletion discussion
| insignificant and non-notable that individual is, or a page discussing the
| ban of that individual (who might be a minor, for example) who chose
| Wikipedia under his or her real name and made some mistakes in doing
| was criticized or even banned as a result.
| There has been discussion from time to time about implementing a technical
| modification such that only mainspace pages (or such other pages as the
| community might consciously choose) would be visible to searches. In view
| of the number of concerns raised about the current situation where
| everything is searchable, it seems to me that the necessary changes should
| be developed and implemented quickly.
| The main argument in opposition to this change that I have seen is
| internal Wikipedia search capability is not as strong as the external
| engines, so that it is desirable that the ability to conduct a complete
| external search be maintained. I know that I have sometimes found it
| to be able to search all spaces within the site in, for example,
| precedent cases while drafting EnWiki arbitration decisions. It therefore
| would probably be desirable to upgrade our internal search capability.
| However, in view of the number of third parties affected by the current
| practice, I do not believe that implementation of the non-search
| should await this development.
| As a matter of disclosure, although I have raised this concern in
| prior occasions, my attention has been focused (this is something of an
| understatement) on it again by an ongoing and extremely unpleasant thread
| concerning me on the Wikipedia Review site. I understand that my concerns
| in this matter might be discounted for that reason. Nonetheless, they are
| sincere, of long standing, and I urge that they receive priority
I had actually drafted this blog post up before Newyorkbrad's post (I
had several people looking at it for me who can probably attest to it)
but was delayed in posting it.
I believe it bears relevance to this thread as well.
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