[WikiEN-l] Can we think about trying the "show" solution?

cohesion cohesion at sleepyhead.org
Fri Feb 22 14:14:15 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:34 PM, Tony Sidaway <tonysidaway at gmail.com> wrote:
>  There may be rare web browsers that cannot be told whether or not to
>  download inline images.  I don't think writing for those browsers
>  would solve the problem, which as I suggested in my earlier comment is
>  a matter of misconfigured liveware.

This seems like a fine idea. How about we put a link to a help page
under controversial images explaining how to turn image rendering off
for the site?

I think a lot of people are losing sight of a very real issue. It is
offensive to many to have to placate religious views they don't agree
with. I don't want to add show/hide tags to images of Muhammad any
more than I want to ensure that nothing negative is said about
scientology, or that [[Creationism]] is portrayed as a scientifically
valid alternative to evolution. I am not Muslim, and I am not a
Scientologist, and I am not a Creationist.

I am a Wikipedian. Our values are openness, transparency, and
neutrality. I do not want to remove images that are relevant because
it upsets some people sensibilities. That is offensive to me, and I
think offensive to the larger internet community. We shouldn't rush to
placate a group of people that are peripheral to the project, while
deeply offending our core editors, and our own values.


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