Let me again say that it's great that the foundation actually asked editors
what they thought. Clearly the actual design of the survey left much to be
desired - people wanted a question along the lines of "is this filter a good
idea (y/n)," and didn't get one. I'm a bit disappointed that for as major a
change in direction as this, ten trustees decided it was such a good idea
that they didn't need to ask the community if they agreed; only for some
details as to the scope of the technical tool. I think this is why we got
the worst of all possible results; a stalemate with no clear answer one way
or the other.
Anyway, I'd like to see some of the trustees weighing in with their thoughts
on the results of this referendum, since it's clear that we can argue until
the sun goes dark but our opinions mean precisely nought with regards to the
question of whether an image filter should be implemented.
From: Stephen Bain <stephen.bain(a)gmail.com
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Personal
Image Filter results announced
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
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On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 6:23 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com
That's only true if there is general agreement
that the feature would be
nice to have and there is just a question of whether
it is worth the
That it not the case here.
The referendum was pretty clearly predicated on the basis that the
feature was going forward:
"The Board of Trustees has directed the Wikimedia Foundation to
develop and implement a personal image hiding feature."
"[The referendum was held] to gather more input in to the development
and usage of an opt-in personal image hiding feature".
And from the resolution:
"We ask the Executive Director, in consultation with the community, to
develop and implement a personal image hiding feature..."
(not "We ask the Executive Director, so long as the
crowd gives their blessing, to develop and implement...")
The questions are all relating to the development of the feature, save
for the 'culturally neutral' question: the first is about how to
prioritise it, and the others are about setting out the specs for the