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Re: Is Wikipedia censorship or...


From: mike3
Subject: Re: Is Wikipedia censorship or...
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 13:50:03 -0800 (PST)
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On Dec 27, 2:48 pm, mike3 <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Dec 26, 8:42 pm, AzzMazta <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Sat, 26 Dec 2009 11:50:01 -0800 (PST), mike3 wrote:
>
> > > So what's the main argument in the post? Sounds more like just stating
> > > opinions about Wikipedia contributors than an "argument".
>
> > Wikipedia is frequently criticized for censorship - this is often discussed
> > in these newsgroups. I agree that censorship occurs on Wikipedia, having
> > dealt with it myself in the past (no, not because of malware spam).
>
> > I suggested that maybe the user base consists primarily of bullied
> > students.
>
> > I should have mentioned, it seems that the articles which are blocked from
> > public editing are always topics which would appeal to/be targets for
> > [junior]high-schoolers, like "Zac Efron", "Emo", "Jonas Brothers", "Michael
> > Jackson", "Ass", "Fuck", "Penis", "Gay", "Tits", "Family Guy", "Rugrats",
> > and "Spongebob"
>
> Well there's also a lot more that are less crude, too, such as
> "Dinosaur",
> "Genetic engineering", "Italy" (!), "Jew" (go figure), "Jesus",
> "Christianity", "Atheism", "Middle East", "Iran", and "Moon" (!!). In
> general,
> most blocked articles are usually "hot" and "controversial" topics and/
> or
> ones where people hold strong views (e.g. Jew, Middle East, Iran, the
> religious articles, etc. Moon? That's an odd one.) with strong
> emotions
> behind them. Such is not limited to high school kids subjected to the
> evil of
> bullying. Though it is possible such high school kids may be the
> reason for
> blocking of the "crude" articles you mention. But not all of them, as
> many
> more are blocked that are not crude stuff at all.
>
> For a full list of blocked 
> articles:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Pp-protected
>
> I'm curious as to some of the examples of the WP censorship you are
> referring to. How would you know it was high school kids and not
> possibly
> others (there are others that could take "advantage" of censoring WP
> too)?

Just thought to add to all the above: Hey!!! Maybe the bullies
themselves
are in there editing too!


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