[Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content

Etienne Beaule betienne at bellaliant.net
Tue Oct 11 19:48:07 UTC 2011

MediaWiki serves more than the Wikimedia Foundation too.  ~~Ebe123

On 11-10-11 4:42 PM, "Tobias Oelgarte" <tobias.oelgarte at googlemail.com>

> Am 11.10.2011 17:42, schrieb Andreas Kolbe:
> From:
> Fae<fae at wikimedia.org.uk>
>> We could also just delete them, unless someone
> actually uses them in a sensible way in an article. :-)
>> sincerely,
> Kim Bruning
> Not on Commons; being "objectionable" to some viewers and not
> being
> currently in use does not make a potentially educational image out
> of
> scope. I have seen many poorly worded deletion requests on Commons on
> the basis of a potentially useable image being "orphaned" rather than
> it
> being unrealistic to expect it to ever be used for an educational
> purpose.
> Fae
> Agree with Fae; Commons is a general image
> repository in its own right, serving a bigger audience than just the other
> Wikimedia projects.
> So the fact is that Commons will contain controversial
> images ­ and that we have to curate them responsibly.
> Someone on Meta has
> pointed out that Commons seems to list sexual image results for search terms
> like cucumber, electric toothbrushes or pearl necklace way higher than a
> corresponding Google search. See
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/commons-l/2011-October/006290.html
> Andreas
This might just be coincidence for special cases. I'm sure if you
> search 
long enough you will find opposite examples as well. But wouldn't it
> run 
against the intention of a search engine to rate down content by
"possibly offensive"? If you search for a cucumber you should expect to 
> one. If the description is correct, you should find the most 
suitable images
> first. But that should be based on the rating algorithm 
that works on the
> description, not on the fact that content is/might 
be/could be
> controversial.

Implementing such a restriction for a search engine (by
> default) would 
go against any principal and would be discrimination of
> content. We 
should not do
> this.


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