[Foundation-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board resolution commissioning study and recommendations

Michael Snow wikipedia at verizon.net
Thu Jun 24 18:28:57 UTC 2010

Thomas Dalton wrote:
> On 24 June 2010 19:08, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 24 June 2010 07:20, Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net> wrote:
>>>> 4. We do expect material in our projects to be educational in nature,
>>>> and any material that is not educational should be removed.
>> I would suggest that passing a resolution that outlaws most user pages
>> is a bad idea.
> I think it is obvious that the board mean that clause to refer to the
> actual content of the projects, not the various meta stuff that also
> exists on the sites.
That's the meaning, definitely, same as it was in the previous board 
statement. I would observe, too, that for material on user pages, if 
you're even going to ask whether it's educational, what is it going to 
educate people about? That particular user, presumably. And in that 
context, it's pretty hard to rule out any kind of self-expression that 
person has chosen as not being educational about them. It may be 
inappropriate for other reasons, such as community policy or social 
concerns, but this wouldn't really be a basis for enforcing that.

--Michael Snow

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