[Wikipedia-l] wikipedia in China

zhengzhu zhengzhu at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 19:32:38 UTC 2004

While you are discussing this, note that such a dialogue may not be
easy to establish. The following is a message posted at zh.wp by
Mountain (http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:%E4%BA%92%E5%8A%A9%E5%AE%A2%E6%A0%88),
(roughly) translated into English as follow:

"The BBS that was recently closed in China is very similar to
wikipedia in that it was completely organized and supported by
volunteers. I have tried to get some information from some sysops of
that BBS; they indeed tried to talk with the government but they can
at best do so indirectly through the ISP or the school in which the
site is running. No one seems to know or is willing to tell which
organization is making the decision.   After the blocking in June,
Shizhao and I tried to ask our ISPs who to talk to, but to no avail.
We are currently talking to our ISPs again and see what we can do. -
Mountain 9-23-2004 "

On Thu, 23 Sep 2004 09:04:43 -0700 (PDT), Christopher Mahan
<chris_mahan at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I wonder whether and what extent W should open a dialogue with the
> Chinese government to figure out what their content guidelines are,
> and whether we can help them understand our NPOV guidelines.
> I would like to remind people that the Chinese are a very proud
> people (just like Americans) and don't like to be told what to do.
> Generally, though, they listen to reason and are eager to look at new
> ways of doing things.


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