[WikiEN-l] "I want to at least kill the responsible person."

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 16:48:32 UTC 2008

On 05/02/2008, Charlotte Webb <charlottethewebb at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/5/08, Steve Summit <scs at eskimo.com> wrote:
> > By "opt-in", I assume you mean that someone can opt in to the
> > hiding mechanism, meaning that they have to explicitly opt *out*
> > of seeing the potentially-offending content.  And vice versa.
> >
> > (But although this sort of thing seems like an obvious and
> > reasonable compromise to me, I'm not so sure we could just
> > "ram one through", because plenty of people do seem to equate
> > such things with unacceptable censorship.  See e.g. Chris Howie's
> > comments elsethread: "We do not censor ourselves.  This includes
> > opt-in/out mechanisms that are censorship bearing the form of a
> > reasonable compromise.")
> Not to mention the lack of an objective way to determine whether an
> image (or anything else) is "potentially-offending" enough that an
> otherwise reasonable person somewhere might want to opt out of it.
> It's not our place to make that decision for this or any other
> content.

That's pretty much my position. I have no real problem with making it
easy for people to not see things that would offend them, but I do
have a problem with doing it in some cases and not others (it's
discrimination), and I don't think it's practical to do it in all
cases. Therefore, we are left with no choice other than not to do it
at all.

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