[Foundation-l] Controversial Content a feature to allow.....

geni geniice at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 01:07:44 UTC 2010

So apparently part of the fallout from the Controversial Content study
is a recommendation "that the Wikimedia Foundation develop a feature
to allow Wikimedia project users to opt into a system that would allow
them to easily hide classes of images from their own view"

Rather than developing a significant new feature I would suggest using
Adblock Plus


Adblock Plus is under the MPL so a stripped down or streamlined
version could be produced if required. Adblock Plus already makes it
easy to block predefined sets of images. For example if a user were to
dislike pictures of giant isopods they could download the filter that
blocked all the giant isopod images. If these filters were to be
stored localy we would probably need a new namespace or perhaps
project. In the case of the giant isopod filter the content of the
filter would look something like:

! Checksum: l4nEGmZz7f1kh8Pfszr2rg

although the average user should never see that.

There are a number of advantages to this approach:
1)It is entirely under the users control. They can chose what filters
to install, edit any filters they install and turn them off on a page
by page basis
2)It doesn't require logging in. So it doesn't suddenly stop working
when someone is logged out for whatever reason
3)It allows for a potentially unlimited number of filtering lists
4)The lists don't have to be hosted on wikipedia allowing groups to
set up common filters without having to work through us
5)This literally works right now. You could drop that list into an
Adblock Plus install and see no giant isopods.

The downside:
1)We would need to check how compatible the filters are with
equivalent software on chrome and opera
2)There is no equivalent for internet explorer
3)Phones could be a problem although if there is actual demand I
assume someone will produce an app.


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