[Foundation-l] Board resolutions on controversial content and images of identifiable people

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 21:33:14 UTC 2011

On 06/01/2011 11:11 PM, FT2 wrote:
> Information is educational. When I read Wikinews, it educates me as to
> significant matters going on in the world, and provides other related
> resources.

I fully agree with you. Any information is educational; it just depends
of particular project scope would it be there or not. For example, you
don't want to put Shakespeare's works on Wikipedia, because the proper
place for it is Wikisource. Particular colony of ants is educational and
could be interesting for making a photo of it, but it is not likely that
it would get an article on Wikipedia. And so on.

But, why then Board decided to force "educational" component as
mandatory in its statement? If there is no difference between
"informational" and "educational", statement "we host only content that
is both free and educational in nature" doesn't have a lot of sense, as
it would sound like "we only host content which is free" (and that's the
very known information), as "content" is more precise synonym for
"information" (to be precise "content" could be interpreted as "set of
information" or so).

So, I would like to know distinction between "informational" and
"educational" interpreted by Board members; or it is, as you and Michael
said, just not so common interpretation of the synonyms of the adjective

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