[Foundation-l] Compulsory policies for all Wikipedias

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Thu Apr 9 20:00:00 UTC 2009

> On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 21:27, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The question was about a list which should exist somewhere (at Meta).
> Thank you, but not obligatory a list. I meant any form, even a number
> of rules written on this mailing list. Otherwise we (may) have a
> situation when, for instance, a user puts some inflammatory or
> divisive content on their user page and administrators are unable to
> delete it, until a policy which regulates this is adopted locally.
> NPOV and Wikimedia Founding principles regulate only "articles and
> other encyclopedic content" and can't be applied in this case.
> Or even further, community could adopt a policy when divisive content
> is allowed on user pages. NPOV is not violated, Founding principles
> are not violated as well. So everything depends only on a local
> community. I don't think this is a common thing, but maybe it worth
> thinking about this now rather when we face this problem.
> zedlik

Yes, some policy similar to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Civility is expected. I probably
should have included it on my short list. However, I have faith that any
Wikipedia will, through experience, learn that such a policy is required
and adapt it. I think that is healthy, to develop policies as you learn
from experience. They mean more. For example, when the aggrieved subjects
of articles start leaning on you, you will adopt something similar to
Biographies of living persons:

Fred Bauder

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