[WikiEN-l] A call for moderation

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Mon Feb 18 07:24:12 UTC 2008

Jimmy Wales wrote:
> Mathias Schindler wrote:
>> On Feb 17, 2008 10:32 PM, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
>>> It is a shame that in this thread we do not have any representatives who
>>> might be able to find a compromise which would be satisfactory to the
>>> moderate petitioners, while at the same time fulfilling our general
>>> desire to not censor Wikipedia.
>> Does such a thing exist? Honestly, what could possibly be the
>> compromise between "Censor in the name of religion!" and "Do not
>> censor in the name of education!" be?
> I don't know. :)  If I did know, I would just edit the article and both 
> sides would cheer for me.
> Usually what I would look for in a case like this would be something 
> which neither side views as censorship.  Obviously some people will view 
> anything other than their most-preferred solution as censorship, but 
> usually moderates can find a happy enough solution somewhere.

I can't recall such a compromise having been successfully worked out in 
the past though, at least with regards to images. Do you have some sort 
of example in mind? The last offensive-image brouhaha I can remember had 
to do with [[autofellatio]], which as of this writing still has a 
photograph of a man performing autofellatio at the top of the article. 
So the resolution seems to generally consist of keeping the images in 
and waiting for the opponents to give up. On occasion a sleazy-looking 
sexual image has been replaced with a more tasteful-looking one, but 
that's about all the compromise I can recall in that department.


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