[WikiEN-l] Muhammad images Part II

Peter Ansell ansell.peter at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 00:28:57 UTC 2008

On 19/02/2008, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> With respect, I think the background information you provide is interesting
> and topical but not directly relevant. Whether and how groups of Muslims are
> offended is not at issue - it is clear that some are, and that removing the
> images is the way to solve their dissatisfaction. Of course there are many
> ways of removing or obscuring the images - we could even have a link to a
> subpage only of images and descriptions, separated from the main body of the
> article. The question we have not answered is still the most important
> question: Do we modify content on Wikipedia in response to the offense taken
> by a subset of our audience? My answer would be no. If there are other,
> editorial reasons for removing the content - fine. Even if the proposed
> reason was that not having the images, or having blank images, was more
> educational and provided a stronger message than the images themselves -
> fine. That isn't what is proposed, however, and editorial concerns are not
> the reason. Until that changes, a compromise seems unlikely.

It doesn't seem very NPOV to modify the way content is presented
because of the concerns of internal editors but not for the concerns
of what is a much larger group of external users. Kind of plants
wikipedia in the stuck up category.


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