[Foundation-l] WMF-projects: Carbon neutral/low/aware website?

Alison Wheeler wikimedia at alisonwheeler.com
Fri Jun 8 10:57:21 UTC 2007

On Fri, June 8, 2007 11:45, Walter Vermeir wrote:
> I noticed a logo for "Carbon Neutral website" on a wiki;
> http://www.wikihow.com/wikiHow:Carbon-Neutral
> If some small website does something like this then that is nice but
> that is all (*). But if a Top 10 Internet website does it then that is an
> important symbolic signal. And if it would come form a American
> organization it would be matter even more. Like it or not America has the
> image in large parts of the world as the largest polluter in world who
> does not want do anything serious about it.

I don't want to get into discussion about Carbon-Neutral and the rest, but
have to say I would worry if we started putting the logo on the WMF
projects, and for one simple reason.

Who is to say why *this* logo should be added? Why shouldn't the logos for
Breast Cancer awareness, Aids awareness, etc be added too? Or let's get
really serious and add the Taiwan flag proclaiming it is entirely
independent of China? or a Basque flag?

This could easily either open floodgates of demands for logos and links,
or create such animosity between editors, or outside the projects, that I
feel it would be very inadvisable.

But, of course, ymmv ...

Alison Wheeler

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