The following is the beginning of a discussion on Wikisource. This arose
when the contributor sought to have some pages deleted as part of a
rearrangement of the material.
"Lista Wildsteina" is a hot subject in
Poland these days - it's a list
of people who used to collaborate with former secret service agencies
or were their victims, that's why it provokes various unwanted
reactions - it can't be exactly stated who was a secret agent and who
was a victim. After it is published here, possibly by Ausir - a
registered user - you should put a protection log on all its parts so
that people won't modify it. Consider it, please. With regards, Selena
von Eichendorf <http://wikisource.org/wiki/User:Selena_von_Eichendorf>
12:32, 3 Feb 2005 (UTC)
The above description leaves me very concerned about whether we
should have this kind of material at all. My first impression is
that it is a list of people who are alleged to have participated
in certain kinds of wrongdoing. In the absence of further evidence
I would consider this material a defamatory and libellous attack
on the people listed. It is effectively a long series of personal
attacks, and contrary to Wikimedia policy on that basis. The
Wikimedia should have no role in the spreading of this kind of
thing. I cannot comment at this time about what implications the
material might carry under United States law.
Secondarily, there is no indication about who produced this list,
and whether the author has released the material under GFDL.
07:31, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)
The subject has already generated considerable controversy on the Polish
Wikipedia, though I do not understan Polish so I am unable to follow
that discussion. The material that has been placed on Wikisource after
a brief explanation in Polish is a list of names accompanied by what
seems to be a file number for each..
I believe that publishing this kind of material (assuming that I have
interpreted what I see correctly) is utterly wrong in every respect. If
the effect would be to make Wikimedia complicit in any kind of revenge
against these alleged collaborators, we would need to share the guilt
for whatever form such revenge might take.
Unless I am advised that I have completely misinterpreted the material I
propose to delete it all beginning tomorrow evening.