From: Marc Riddell [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 08:11 AM
To: 'Wiki-EN-L (new topics)'
Subject: [WikiEN-l] Freedom of Speech in WP
Recently the Mayor of a small town in Texas tried to pass an ordinance
making it against the law to use the ³N² word within the city limits. Fine:
$500 for each offense.
He went into this believing the ordinance¹s passage would be a slam dunk
it wasn¹t. The vast majority of the multiracial citizens of the town
protested to such a degree that he finally gave up and abandoned the idea.
The citizens' basic argument: what word is next?
I bring this up because, when I first came to WP, the one policy I found
most disturbing was the one concerning ³incivility². Most especially the
practice of banning (punishing) members of the WP community for using words
and phrases considered by whoever made up the policy to be ³offensive².
This, to me, made WP free in every thing but speech.
I know this issue has been touched upon several times in this Mailing List
just since I started participating in it, but I wanted to speak directly to
the policy and its practice at this time.
If a particular word or phrase offends you hit delete and move on.
What are your thoughts and feelings about this?
From the same article:
"One thing is clear, however: the uncivil participants are driving away the civil
ones. The result is an acceleration of the cycle, and an increasing proportion of hostile