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

Bjoern Hoehrmann derhoermi at gmx.net
Mon Oct 17 01:15:04 UTC 2011

* Andreas Kolbe wrote:
>Personality conflicts aside, we're noting that non-sexual search terms
>in Commons can prominently return sexual images of varying explicitness,
>from mild nudity to hardcore, and that this is different from entering a
>sexual search term and finding that Google fails to filter some results.

That is normal and expected with a full text search that does not filter
out "sexual" images. Even if you search for sexual content on Commons it
is normal and expected that you get results you would rather not get. It
is possible to largely avoid this by using, say, Google Image Search and
a site:commons.wikimedia.org constraint and the right SafeSearch setting
if you want for the simpler cases, but I would not want to search for,
say, "penis", on either site when unprepared for shock. I do not think
Commons is relevant to the Image Filter discussion, the image filter is
for things editors largely agree should be included in context, while on
Commons you lack context and editorial control. If there was a MediaWiki
extension that is good at emulating Google's SafeSearch, installing that
on Commons might be an acceptable idea, but there is not, and making one
would be rather expensive.
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