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

M. Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 20:55:39 UTC 2011

Another important point here is that Wikipedia is an international project;
there are speakers of Italian in Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and
in smaller numbers in lots of other countries who may not care so much what
happens in Italian politics. If the UK proposed a new law to shut down
Wikipedia, what would US, Australian, Canadian and other non-UK users say if
sysops tried to shut down en.wikipedia for everybody? Granted, the Italian
language doesn't have the same level of multinational character as en.wp,
but Wikipedias are for languages, not countries, and we can't forget this.

2011/10/4 Mathias Schindler <mathias.schindler at gmail.com>

> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 22:32, Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net> wrote:
> > 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
> > experience.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_where_English_is_an_official_language
> makes me wonder if we are going to have fun at en.wikipedia.org any
> time soon.
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