[Wikipedia-l] wikipedia in China

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Thu Sep 23 18:06:24 UTC 2004

Stan is being sarcastic, but how would that article be handled?


> From: Stan Shebs <shebs at apple.com>
> Reply-To: wikipedia-l at Wikimedia.org
> Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:59:22 -0700
> To: wikipedia-l at Wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] wikipedia  in China
> Christopher Mahan wrote:
>> --- Fred Bauder <fredbaud at ctelco.net> wrote:
>>> All the things you suggest are good and no problem for the
>>> government. I
>>> have absolutely no problem with writing about all those good
>>> things. But the
>>> focus of the government is going to be on things like that BBS that
>>> got shut
>>> down. Should there be no article? A syncopathic article explaining
>>> why it
>>> was necessary to shut it down from the government viewpoint? Or an
>>> article
>>> from a Neutral point of view?
>> No article at all.
>> It is truly insignificant, if you think about it.
>> When there are 350,000 articles in Chinese about Chinese history,
>> politics, culture and religions, then, a small blurb about efforts by
>> the central govt to curb radicalism that impacted a small number of
>> computer users (anything less than 10 million is small in china.)
>> would be called for.
>> Let's not focus on the twisted twig while standing in a large forest.
> And ditto for the Tiananmen square articles, since only a couple thousand
> people died, after all - hardly any at all, percentagewise!
> While we're at it, I think there are a bunch of other governments
> who would like us to remove certain articles. We could surpass
> "neutral point of view" by being "completely neutered"...
> Stan
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