On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
A lot of the issues Kevin is probably referring to
revolve around the 2011
debate, and many of the most blatant problems have since been cleaned up.
Perhaps some of the most blatant problems have been addressed, but I'm
skeptical. I admit I haven't been following this discussion terribly
closely, but I just looked at
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Controversial_content/Problems> again and
the first link I clicked...
The first result is "File:Asian vulva.jpg" while the third result is
"File:Asian penis.jpg". Perhaps our search capability is simply really
bad. Personally, I would expect a search for the term "asian" to show
pictures of Asians. I think there's room for at least consideration of
lessons from other fields, such as the principle of least astonishment.
Another way of framing this particular issue (search) might be: are the
results users receiving what they were looking for or expected? I think in
many cases, image search is failing our users.
We're getting a long way off topic of the still frame on MOTD, but I
agree, and wish that the WMF would make this a priority for their
multimedia and search team.
Many improvements have been suggested by the community, and both sides
of the fence have even agreed on some of them, such as clustered