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

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 17 01:39:04 UTC 2011

Commons featured prominently in the Harris study, as well as the board resolution on controversial content.




>From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi at gmx.net>
>To: Andreas Kolbe <jayen466 at yahoo.com>; Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Monday, 17 October 2011, 2:15
>Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content
>* 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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