[WikiEN-l] Dangers to Children

Oskar Sigvardsson oskarsigvardsson at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 16:23:01 UTC 2006

On 2/6/06, Ryan Delaney <ryan.delaney at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/6/06, Fred Bauder <fredbaud at ctelco.net> wrote:
> >What can we practically do that would reduce any real risk? (I exclude
> fighting among ourselves in a destructive way)
> Block anyone we see actively using talk pages to groom minors I guess.
> Personally I've never seen evidence of this and I can't imagine that any
> pedo would be dumb enough to do it in a public forum like that. I suppose
> there is some marginal risk that a pervert will meet a child through
> Wikipedia just by virtue of the fact that we are so highly trafficked and we
> permit user communication through our site, but there isn't much else we can
> do about it short of shutting the whole thing down. It's not our
> responsibility to raise people's children, and parents should know what
> their kids are doing on the internet.
> I say ignore it.
> Ryan

I completely agree. BTW, what young kid uses wikipedia so actively so
that he actually starts using wp talk-pages? In my experience,
wikipedia is strictly for adults, young or otherwise (well, adults in
age-range that is, not necessarily maturity).

Maybe someone should send a polite email to POSC explaining that there
has been no such activity at all on wikipedia, and also remind them
how the word is capitalized?


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