[Foundation-l] Jimbo's Sexual Image Deletions

Ting Chen wing.philopp at gmx.de
Fri May 7 22:15:48 UTC 2010

What I can say to your questions is that Jimmy informed the board about 
his intention and asked the board for support. Don't speaking for other 
board members, just speak for myself. I answered his mail with that I 
fully support his engagement.

Personally, I think that the board is responsible for defining the scope 
and basic rules of the projects. While for projects like Wikipedia, 
Wikisource, Wiktionary the scope is more or less easier to define. On 
Wikipedia we have the five pillars as our basic rules. But we have also 
some projects that have a scope that is not quite so clear and no such 
basic rules. Commons is one of these projects, and the most important one.

Fact is, there is no consensus in the community as what is educational 
or potentially educational for Commons. And as far as I see there would 
probably never be a concensus. And I think this is where the board 
should weigh in. To define scopes and basic rules. This is why the board 
made this statement.

For me, this statement is at the first line a support for Jimmy's 
effort. It is a soft push from the board to the community to move in a 
direction. Both Jimmy as well as me believe that the best way for the 
board to do things is to give guidance to the communities. But, this 
topic is already pending for years. Looking back into the archives of 
foundation-l or village pump of Commons there were enough discussions. 
If the problem cannot be solved inside of the community, it is my 
believe it is the duty of the board and every board member to solve the 


Thomas Dalton wrote:
> On 7 May 2010 20:30, Jan-Bart de Vreede <janbart at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I would like to point you to:
>> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2010-May/000008.html
> My interpretation of that is that Jimmy's unilateral deletions are not
> done with the support of the rest of the board, since the email talks
> about encouraging the community to deal with the problem. Is that
> correct?
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