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

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 11 22:38:52 UTC 2011

From: Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 11 October 2011, 22:40
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content - Commons searches

> What you are all missing here is that commons is a service site, not a
> repository
> for the public to go into without knowing it caters to different
> cultures than their
> own. Period.

Google is a service site too, and a better-designed one than Commons. 

If I search for cream pie, and I want to find cakes, I leave safe search on:


If I search for cream pie and want to find porn, I switch safe search off:


I know Google caters to both "cultures", but I can decide beforehand what it will show me. 

That is good service.


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