[SharedKnowing] Wikimedia to adopt a stricter porn policy?
sanger at citizendium.org
Fri May 7 11:10:37 CDT 2010
I don't think you're getting my point, David: you insist that the only
limitation on the amount of porn should be whatever is allowed "in the most
permissive practical jurisdiction." This indicates that you're thinking of
this as a legal matter. I was not. Now, maybe the law is in fact
influencing Wales--we don't know if the FBI or IRS has scared him into doing
this, or what. But quite aside from the law, there's the separate question
of whether it is *reasonable* to limit the *amount* of porn. Why should
Commons become a massive repository of porn? It's nonsense to answer *that*
question by saying, "Because the law, somewhere where the servers can be
located, permits it." Perhaps you are taking the position that Commons is
somehow morally obligated to take *all* media from *all* comers (so to
speak)? If not--if there are some reasonable restrictions, because it has
an educational and reference mission--then on what grounds do you defend
your frankly silly position that Jimmy Wales should let Commons become a
giant porn repository?
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> bounces at mail.citizendium.org] On Behalf Of David Goodman
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> Subject: Re: [SharedKnowing] Wikimedia to adopt a stricter porn policy?
> Yes, I not only fully accept the inclusion of pornography in a
> reference work, but I think a modern online encyclopedia designed for
> a general adult audience to be woefully incomplete without it.
> The only limitation should be the extent to which is actually
> illegal in the most permissive practical jurisdiction, and I would
> advocate that except for material involving children, the proper
> legal approach is that none of it should be.
> I agree that our two approaches are so incompatible that there is no
> point in trying to resolve them.
> David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.
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