[Foundation-l] Vision / Mission

Rich Holton richholton at gmail.com
Tue May 1 12:18:07 UTC 2007

Mathias Schindler wrote:
> Hi there. When reading
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mission/Unstable&oldid=521244,
> I ask myself if this Mission Statement covers Wikisource, Wikiquote
> and Wikimedia Commons, as they may lack neutrality (with a good
> reason). In a new version, this has already been fixed, however, the
> "official" version appears to be the neutral one
> (http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Mission_and_Vision_statement).
> I guess everyone wants to keel those three projects.
> Mathias

I think I see your point. However, it seems to me that quoting a 
non-neutral statement is still "neutral" in the context of a collection 
of quotations. The same applies to source documents. Thus, both 
Wikiquote and Wikisource would be "neutral educational content", so long 
as there was not systematic bias (and remember that they are always 
works in progress).

Similarly, a particular image, video, etc. can be non-neutral, but an 
open collection of them would still be neutral, so long as there is not 
systematic bias.

Certainly, we don't want any of those projects to be collectively 
biased. If we only kept quotations that supported one position, and 
eliminated those that did not support that position, it would be a "bad 
thing", and would go against our mission, right? Thus, I do think we 
want to keep the concept of "neutral" in our mission statement.


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