[Foundation-l] News from Germany: White Bags and thinking about a fork

Fae fae at wikimedia.org.uk
Sun Oct 23 11:30:54 UTC 2011

On 23 October 2011 12:02, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 23 October 2011 11:50, Fae <fae at wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:

> The Foundation considers de:wp's careful and thoughtful decision to
> put [[:de:vulva]] on the front page of de:wp with a picture was a
> clear failure of community judgement sufficient to justify the
> imposition of a filter from outside.

One can draw a parallel with press regulatory bodies who have a role
in interpreting legislative requirements or responding to significant
numbers of public complaints. This does not mean that the regulatory
body interferes with editorial control, policies or in any other way
claims operational responsibility for the content of newspapers.

If the WMF wishes to control content, then the role of the Foundation
moves from operational support to all content control and hence
liability. By increasing the cases where the Foundation makes such
decisions, it would be hard to continue to use the rationale that the
Foundation does not control content and a host of new and painful
legal issues arise.

PS "clear failure" looks like an opinion, not a statement of fact.
Presumably this relates to an official position of the WMF?


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