[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 15:44:14 UTC 2009

For the English Wikipedia there is an awareness and there are procedures in
place to deal with BLP problems.These procedures may get an update with an
implementation of Flagged Revisions. In her question, Sue did not limit BLP
issues to English Wikipedia only.

It seems to me that BLP issues in languages other then English are in a way
more problematic  because of a lack of understanding of the language and of
the cultural and legal issues for the jurisdictions where a language is
spoken. Given that from a traffic point of view the other half is in
languages other then English, I would appreciate to learn more how BLP
issues are dealt with in other languages. I can imagine that English
Wikipedia is effectively more then half of the cases that are dealt with at
the office.

2009/3/2 Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com>

> This is the most prominent problem facing the English Wikipedia today in my
> view. BLPs are easy to write and easy to get wrong, and there are always
> newly famous people to write about - so this issue is only going to become
> more important and more visible with time. Sue's point about the type of
> people who are subjects of BLPs is important from a public relations
> perspective; if we tick off people with megaphones, everyone is going to
> hear about it.
> A "report a problem" link (prominently displayed on BLPs in particular) was
> my first thought as well, and seems like a straightforward way to improve
> handling of complaints. I agree with Thomas that the article and revision
> being reported should be included if possible in the e-mail automatically,
> and I think we should have an OTRS queue specifically for BLPs to handle
> these reports. I would also like to see the pool of OTRS respondents
> expanded - some advertising on the need for queue minders, and maybe an
> expansion of the potential pool (for instance, not being an administrator
> on
> any project I wouldn't be eligible).
> I would like to see Mike's opinion, though, on how deeply the Foundation
> can
> be involved in establishing Wikimedia-wide policies on content like BLPs.
> It
> would seem to challenge the notion that the Foundation itself hosts but
> does
> not control project content. Tomasz' suggestion would be an especially
> serious departure from past practice.
> Nathan
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