[Foundation-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix

Chad innocentkiller at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 16:55:36 UTC 2008

Great idea. Let's sit down and discuss the issue some more. I'm sure
polite civil discussion and a reassurance of NPOV will certainly make
Iran feel better about the issue.


On Feb 20, 2008 9:34 AM, Andrew Whitworth <wknight8111 at gmail.com> wrote:
> What I think would be most useful at this point is to try and compile
> an informational resource about this topic, so that we can see all
> points of view at a glance, and try to educate people better about
> this topic. More information and education will help to guide more
> informed decisions on this topic.
> Some kinds of information that we should obtain and make public are:
> 1) Who exactly is offended by this and why?
> 2) Is there a prohibition on simply having these images, or are they
> only offensive when viewed by certain people? Ie, is it possible to
> have these images, but hold them on a page where they are not readily
> viewable, or only viewable after a warning?
> 3) What are the specific uses and values of the images currently on
> display? Is there significant historical context to these images, and
> are they closely integrated into the article?
> 4) How does the presence or non-presence of these images impact the
> POV of the article? That is, is removing them truly an NPOV offense?
> If the content is neutral, does the presentation matter?
> I'm really of the opinion here that the best thing we can do is try to
> compile the important information into some kind of a primer, and then
> use that text as the basis for a rational discussion on the matter.
> What we don't need is to continue this disjoint argument with some
> people saying (in caricature) "these muslims don't respect my freedom
> of speech and NPOV", and others saying "these english and americans
> are islamophobic hateful bigots".
> --Andrew Whitworth
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