[WikiEN-l] Wikipedia's destiny

Mark Gallagher m.g.gallagher at student.canberra.edu.au
Fri Feb 24 04:09:05 UTC 2006

G'day Mark,

> Jimmy Wales wrote:
>>That is certainly one question we should ask.
>>Another question is: does human dignity matter at all?
> That's a bit of a loaded question, and doesn't directly address the 
> issue actually at hand.
> The more specific issue facing us is: To what extent ought we to censor 
> Wikipedia out of concern for human dignity?

You're right, that *is* a better question (although I think you're being 
a bit mischeivous with "censor", there).

I'm a bit concerned that sometimes Wikipedians have a habit of writing 
articles or including information, not because it's the right thing to 
do, but just basically as a way of saying "you can't tell US what to do, 
mate" whenever the subject of an article complains.  In our rush to send 
a big "FUCK YOU" to any censors, real or imagined, we can ignore what's 
editorially or morally appropriate.  As the man who has to deal with the 
angry 'phone calls and possible press issues afterwards, it's quite 
clear why Jimbo might object to that sort of thing.

Mark Gallagher
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- Danger Mouse

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