[Foundation-l] Blanking a Wikipedia, a very bad idea

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Tue Oct 4 20:32:47 UTC 2011

> Hi all;
> The events regarding Italian Wikipedia blanking[1][2] of all its content
> are
> a serious precedent IMHO. They can make a lot of noise using other
> procedures, like a big blinking site notice, but giving no choice to read
> the content is against the main goal of Wikipedia.[3]
> Italian Wikipedia has about 500,000 page views per hour,[4] and readers
> are
> getting worried about how long is this going to last. A global
> encyclopedia
> managed in these ways is not trustworthy. This is worst in public image
> than
> any gender, global south or image filtering media flame war.
> Furthermore, this only make me more concerned about the missing updated,
> secure and trustworthy mirrors of Wikipedia content.
> Fortunately, you still can read the mobile version, but it is
> "limited".[5]
> (Please, spread the word about this)
> Regards,
> emijrp

No, it is a very good idea. The public needs to know what is at stake. It
would be nice if it were otherwise, but most people only learn by


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