[Gendergap] How do German women feel about the image filter?

Sarah Stierch sarah.stierch at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 12:54:53 UTC 2011

Hi everyone,

Sorry to open a big can of worms. If you have been following the image
referendum insanity on the enjoyable experience known as Foundation-L, you
may have seen today's post about how the majority of German editors to
Wikipedia protest the image filter. Foundation-L is heavily male dominated
(like many lists)...having an especially large number of highly opinionated
individuals from around the world (probably one of the largest and most
opinionated vocal groups in our culture - and this includes folks like
myself ;) Not meant to be offensive..just an observation).

Males are primarily the one's chirping in on this conversation, aside from a
small group of women who have and continue to do so (many who are active on
this list and seem to be from the US).

I was curious if any women from German Wikipedia would feel comfortable
perhaps sharing their thoughts on the image referendum. I bring it up here
on Gender Gap since this has served as a "safe place" for people to share
their honest points of view. I trust everyone here to remain civil and
respectful, as we have thus far :) (The convo has gotten a little insane on

I support the referendum, but, I'm sure after conversations here, many of
you understand why. I like the idea of being able to give every individual
the power to delegate what they instantly view on Wikipedia, and their



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