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

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 18 21:01:57 UTC 2011

From: David Levy <lifeisunfair at gmail.com>

> > The New York Times (recipient of more Pulitzer Prizes than any other

> > news organization) uses "Stuff My Dad Says."  So does the Los Angeles
> > Times, which states that the subject's actual name is "unsuitable for
> > a family publication."
> >
> >
> > You might dismiss those sources as the "popular press," but they're
> > the most reputable ones available on the subject.  Should we deem
> > their censorship sacrosanct and adopt it as our own?

> No. :)

> Please elaborate.  Why shouldn't we follow the example set by the most
> reliable sources?

I don't consider press sources the most reliable sources, or in general a good 
model to follow. Even among press sources, there are many (incl. Reuters) 
who call the Twitter feed by its proper name, "Shit my dad says".

Scholars don't write f*ck when they mean fuck. As an educational resource, we 
should follow the best practices adopted by educational and scholarly sources.


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