[WikiEN-l] Should Wikipedia make it clear to users that it is not censored for minors?

Stephen Bain stephen.bain at gmail.com
Tue May 16 08:31:18 UTC 2006

On 5/16/06, Theresa Knott <theresaknott at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Be that as it may, don't we still have an ethical responsibility to do
> > what we can to deter kids from coming across adult-meterial?
> No. That is thier parents job. Parents will do it lovingly and
> responsibly. We would make a complete arse of it.

Not only that, but the various jurisdictions which Wikipedia serves
pages to undoubtedly have different ideas about who is a child and who
is an adult, and different ideas about what is "adult material".
Attempting to institute a system of warnings or filters would
undoubtedly leave holes, and that would arguably put us in a worse
position than simply having the disclaimers and leaving everything up
to users.

We should try to keep potentially offensive stuff off the main page, a
fairly simple task. That gives every visitor the opportunity to read
the disclaimers, and anything after that is their problem.

Stephen Bain
stephen.bain at gmail.com

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