[WikiEN-l] "Censorship" of images on the Arabic Wikipedia

Charlotte Webb charlottethewebb at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 19:36:08 UTC 2008

On 2/20/08, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am personally very favorable to use of this system on images which
> might hurt some sensibilities.

How do we determine which images "might hurt some sensibilities"?

How do distinguish "reasonable complaints" from fundamentalist dogmata
or deliberate trolling?

Do we use this system for any image for which somebody requests it, or
do they need to establish that there is [some arbitrary level of]
support for doing so?

If images which "might hurt some sensibilities" are given a
"show/hide" button, which is the default mode?

If we are going to use a "show/hide" button for some images, why not
add it to the gray caption area of of every framed ("thumb") image?

Sometimes I wish I had seen something that offended me enough that I
might have any interest at all in answering the above questions, but I
don't, so I'll leave them for someone else.

There's a fine line between open-mindedness and apathy and I really
don't know which side I'm on. But I do know we should at least pretend
to approach this issue in an objective manner, and it seems (to me)
that most of the participants in this discussion have given up on


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